Following God, Even When We Don’t Want To

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My whole life I have been trying to follow God’s will. It has always been relatively easy since, from a young age, I have known that God has called me to teach French. In following God’s will, there have been ups and downs, as there usually are, but I finally graduated with a degree in French Education this past December. Immediately out of college, I received a job offer at a company I interned with and it was an offer I absolutely could not refuse. So I didn’t. After my first week at this new job, I felt the Holy Spirit speaking loudly, “This isn’t where you belong.” I tried really hard to ignore Him because I loved this job. The people are very nice, the pay was amazing, and the work was not hard. It was the ideal job to get me on my feet financially. But it was not what God had called me to do. The third week of my new job, I had an interview for substitute teaching. It was not a French teaching position but I would be able to see my kiddos from student teaching. I walked out of that interview knowing what God wanted me to do. I needed to quit my job immediately or I would be in direct disobedience to God. I cried, I prayed, I cried some more, I mustered up some courage (all from God, I assure you), and I gave my two week notice the day after my interview. It was hard, but since I quit I was given a long term sub position at the school I student taught at and God has given me peace that only He gives. All the glory goes to God! Beloved, following God’s will can be heartbreaking at times, but let’s hold onto His promises of prosperity, for Christ alone is faithful. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 [emphasis added]book-pages-2021302_640

~Lauren Ray

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  1. Tammy Thornsberry
    Posted April 20, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    So very very true!

  2. Dawn Edmondson
    Posted April 20, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Lauren I am so proud of you and the woman you have become! It is so good to have met you and to watch you grow! You are such a good role model for our church!

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