Each new year turns our thoughts to the new things in our lives. We hope for change in our habits, bodies, jobs, homes and more. I am no different. I see change coming on our horizon. But the difference this time is I don’t know what that change is going to look like. I’m waiting on God.
Our Evan is reaching that age when all young men look to getting a job. He needs a job. He even wants a job. (Well, he would be happy for a few days sitting around playing MarioKart and watching hours of StarWars. Me, too.) Trouble is, we can’t find a job that suits him. Sure, many people are faced with this same struggle of finding the right job. Sometimes we are forced to pick the tolerable job until that dream job comes along, right? In Evan’s situation we can’t find any job. Evan is ready to feel useful; to be needed and put his skills to use. (If you are wondering what Evan’s skills are, super smiling store greeter is his niche’.) Finding jobs for those with special needs are few and far between. So we are waiting on God.
I’m praying for big things this time around. Have you seen some of the fun places out there for people with disabilities? There are changes coming. Attitudes are shifting. Here are a couple of places I love: Sammy’s Soap is a favorite in my state and this coffee shop video has been making the internet rounds. What are some of your favorite places? Are you volunteering? I’d love to hear what you are doing and how you are getting job creative with your loved one.
That wise philosopher, Tom Petty, said the waiting is the hardest part. He was right. I don’t do waiting very well. I want to know God’s plan and I want to know it now. Trusting in the unknown isn’t my thing. You’d think I’d know by now this isn’t how God works. God comes through in the clutch, when there isn’t any doubt it is only God’s doing. I’ve seen the trends in the past. I wait, there is no other possible way, then and only then, God comes through. This is how God works in the waiting.
Trusting God in the waiting, it is not my forte’. God knows this. I wonder if this is why this lesson comes to me again and again. It is something I need to learn. This time around I’m trusting a little more than the last. I don’t see any jobs on the horizon for Evan. Yet. But I have seen God move in prayer. I have seen God do things that could have only been done through him. So this time? I am confidently waiting on God.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”