"Now to Him who is able to do far more than all we ask or imagine..." –Ephesians 3:20
This verse came to life in a new way in my life in the last two weeks.
A couple weekends ago, I was hit with the reality of how close the end of the school year and summer were and I felt extremely unready to be leaving Point Loma after my junior year. So through prayer and talking with my mom I decided to see if there was any way that I could stay on campus over summer. I had this strong sense that this wasn't just my own idea but that maybe God was trying to show me something.
So on the Monday before finals week, I spent the afternoon after classes going all over campus to the different departments like OSV (Office of Strength and Vocation), Public Safety, the department of theology and Christian ministry, the library, Student Development, etc. Basically I went EVERYWHERE I could think of. It was insane. None of those places had any jobs left so I started to get really discouraged and wanted to give up. But I couldn't shake the feeling that maybe I was being led by more than my own thoughts. So I thought of the Admissions Office and a friend I have that works in there and went over there to ask. I knew it was quite late to try to get a job for the summer because most departments hired students for summer employment weeks ago. So the fact that I was trying to find one this last minute seemed absurd and I knew it would take a miracle if it was going to happen. But that’s exactly what I was hoping for!
I went in to the Admissions office and asked if there was possibly anything they had available. They told me that they had 3 summer intern positions which were all filled until recently. I later found out that three days before I came in, someone who had the job dropped out, leaving one open spot. However, when I went in on Monday, there was someone else coming in later that day to try to fill that spot but the oh so friendly people in Admissions told me that if the spot was still open by tomorrow, they would let me know.
I left the office and sent a couple emails to other departments and as soon as I closed my laptop, I got a text asking me if I wanted to go lead worship in in late May/early June in HAWAII. WHAT. That was insane. I've never been to Hawaii before, I've never flown overseas before, I don't even like planes, but I get asked to go to Hawaii! I didn't immediately accept that offer though because I had just spent all day asking for things to do on campus and I didn't want to throw away all the work I did and people I contacted. So I decided it would be best to wait to see if I heard back from anyone.
And then, the next day, I get an email from Admissions, saying that they had a tour guide/receptionist position open for the summer! Blew my mind! And then I thought about the fact that I was also asked to lead worship in Hawaii. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do both but I went in to the Admissions Office that day, told them about that opportunity, and they said that it could probably work out to do both. By Thursday, we figured out that I would be able to work on campus, live on campus, AND go to Hawaii to lead worship with PLNU's worship ministries Summer Ministry Team (SMT) program.
Like in that verse in Ephesians at the beginning of this post, God did far more than I asked for and way more than I ever imagined. Before, I wanted maybe to live on campus and work. Now, I get to live on campus, be paid to work in the Admissions office with GREAT people – some of the nicest and most helpful, and fun people I've met – AND go to Hawaii at the end of the month. On top of all that, I still get to go lead worship at a camp in Big Bear too in July! THIS IS SO EXCITING.
Feel free to call the Admissions Office some time and say hello, especially if you'll be coming to Loma in the fall! I'll be working the front desk most of the day :)
"Now to Him who is able to do far more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." –Ephesians 3:20-21
p.s. to add on to the greatness of the last couple weeks, yesterday I finally got a car again! So grateful for all that God is doing in my life right now. He's doing so much more than I imagined!
That is all.