2013 was a challenging year. I finished my final year of grad school, graduating with a Master’s of Social Work degree, and after months of unsuccessfully looking for a job in the Philadelphia area, I was very discouraged.
Finally, in the fall, I received a call from a recruiter who fills positions for medical/mental health agencies. She asked me how my job search was going and I explained that I was not having any luck. She asked if I had considered relocating because there was a job that seemed to be a perfect fit for me, but it was 2-1/2 hours west of Philadelphia. I was in complete shock, as this was not in my plan, but I agreed to interview.
On my 2-1/2 hour drive to the interview, I was a complete ball of anxiety! I had no clue what to expect, but I knew God was in control. Before the official interview, I met a behavior analyst who had recently relocated from northern Michigan. Although I was still a nervous wreck, I was able to ask questions about what it was like to relocate for a job.
It was finally time for my interview. To my surprise, it was one of the EASIEST interviews I had ever been in! Ten minutes into the interview, I felt a complete peace, my anxiety was completely gone, and I knew this is where God was calling me. If I was offered the job, I would go.
I wasn’t even halfway home when I received a call from the recruiter saying they were offering me the job. They would give me two weeks to move. Yikes! I had less than two weeks to find a place to live, pack up all my belongings, and move to start my new position!
Even though I knew this is where God wanted me to go, I still struggled with the fact that I had to pick up the life I knew for the last 9 years and move to Central PA in less than two weeks.
The song “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin became my never-ending prayer those last two weeks as I prepared to pick up the life I knew and was comfortable with, the life I had expected to continue living, but God had different plans, a different direction for me, and I am blessed to be called His. I leave you with the chorus of “I Will Follow.” You can listen to the song in its entirety here.
“Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve, I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you”
See you in the round!