Nm. 21:4-9 Jn. 8:21-30
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In times of transition, it is very difficult to be patient and trust in the plan that God has for each of us. In the first reading from the book of Numbers, the Israelites begin their trip to the Promised Land. “But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people [complain] against God.” They no longer wished to wait for God’s perfect timing and refused to see past their immediate needs of food and water.
For me, this situation relates to my life when I reflect upon the year that followed my graduation from undergrad. I had dreams of landing the perfect job at the perfect company in the perfect city. Little did I know, God had a few other ideas.
After failing to land my first gig, I moved back into my parents’ house to take up random 2-3 week jobs throughout the summer and fall. When December hit, I told myself that I needed to go to D.C. for a week, start knocking on doors to expand my network, and then plan my move following the Christmas holiday. The last day I was in D.C., I received a phone call. My uncle and aunt wanted to know if I would accompany my younger cousin and look after her as she attempted to go back to college at Saint Louis University that following January. My cousin had been in a car accident the previous year that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The parts of the brain that were injured affected her understanding of the concept of time, direction, and social inhibition. Therefore, she needed someone to assist her as she went to classes, drove to the grocery store, etc. There I was in D.C., about to put my finishing touches on my plan to move to the nation’s capital, and I was thrown this curveball. After much debate with my parents and lots of prayer, I decided to do it. Without knowing anyone other than my cousin, I moved to St. Louis.
The months that I spent with my cousin were some of the most challenging moments I’ve had in my life. I had to learn to push myself to deal with emotional and stressful situations that I was not prepared to handle. I was constantly meeting new people and relying on people that I did not know. God was challenging me to be the best person that I could be under the toughest circumstances! I know that I could not have survived those few months without His guidance.
While I was assisting my cousin, I also volunteered in SLU’s Athletic Department. Taking advantage of that opportunity with the Athletic Department led me to the position that I have today. It’s amazing to think about the first day I stepped on SLU’s campus. I truly had no idea what I was walking into, and now, my trust in God has deepened because of those experiences. We need God because we cannot do it alone. Even Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am, and that I do nothing on my own.” So as you prepare for your next step in life or simply for the coming of the Easter season, keep your hearts willing and your eyes open; you never know what kind of pitch He might be warming up to throw at you!
Rachael Greve, a graduate student working on her MBA