I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:2-3, NIV

I left my teaching job over a year ago after my husband had been transferred. It seemed like every attempt I made to find a job in our new location ended in futility. But then, I got the call. The caller identified himself as the music supervisor at a school in a nearby town. I was confused because I hadn’t even applied for a job at this school. He went on to explain that he received my name from another school system where my application just “happened” to be out on a desk when he called. Now, he was calling me to ask if I would be willing to take a long-term substitute position that could develop into a full-time job. I agreed to give this job a try. I went on to spend twenty-six years in that school system growing and ministering to the children and educational community.

As educators, we do our best to get our credentials, apply to school systems where we think the Lord is leading us, and interview honestly and hopefully. However, the Sovereign Lord knows His plans for us. And when the time and place is right, He will open the doors for us. He will bless us far more than we could ever ask or imagine. In the meantime, we must pray and trustingly wait for His timing to reveal His special appointments.

Help us remember You today, Lord, and Your plans for us. May we be watching for You. Amen.

Copyright Shirley Wilson.

Shirley is a retired member and former board member of Christian Educators.

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8 Responses

  1. this devotional as so right on!
    I feel exactly the same way about my current position…that I was called , chosen for this job and now I must be faithful!

    I applied at many schools but the two I have worked in, I know were ordained by God, and He opened all the doors to the opportunities.When it was time to leave the first and move on, He made that abundantly clear as well. My interview at my current school seemed like a done deal when I walked through the door. Glory to God…I am ministering to his children and they need me there.
    I am appointed.

    1. Shannon, Christian Educators will be praying for peace and clarity as you discern God’s placement for you next year!

  2. Thank you for this devotion. It really spoke to my heart. I left (under duress) my teaching job at the end of the year (May 2023). I loved that job and thought I would retire from that school in about another 5 or 6 years. I have had so many promising lead fizzle out and am so discouraged. I finally broke down and applied for substitute teaching in two communities today. However, a friend contacted me to tell me she spoke with her principal about me today because there are still a few openings at her school even though school started last week. Only God knows what will come of it…

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