***A quick suggestion…if you typically just read this in your e-mail, please check out the blog itself. I’ve posted an amazing video that I want you to see.
That being said…I received some awesome and absolutely amazing news this week that is going to launch me into an amazing new chapter and season in my life! After much prayer, moments of confusion, and moments of wanting to give up, I was blessed to receive an offer for a new job opportunity! And not just any ol’ opportunity, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I’ve been offered a position in the NIH Management Intern Program. For many reasons, this is a big deal. This program is over 50 years old, and graduates of the 2-year program have become some of NIH’s most respected administrative managers. I’ll get to identify a senior-level mentor, go to trainings, and regularly interact with NIH leaders. It’s an amazing opportunity…but that’s not really what I wanted to focus on, and you’re probably asking how the above video about marriage meshes with me and a new job.
I’m over the moon today because this opportunity signifies the door closing on a challenging, and frankly BAD, season of my life. Let’s be honest, for the past 2 years, my life has been hard and it has sucked! I didn’t stop existing, but the reality is, in those years, God was allowing the life and breath in me to be squeezed out and there were times when death felt like an easier option. My view of life always came from a negative perspective…I didn’t expect things to go my way, I didn’t expect moral support from others, I always expected the worse, and doubted myself so much. After life beats you down enough, it’s hard to look up, it’s hard to do more than exist. But…I had enough sense to hold on to a remnant of my faith and trust God that the pain I was feeling internally would only last for a season. It was a long season of hurt and suffering, but it was just that, A SEASON!
But I’m excited because a new season is on the horizon for me, and the God who allowed me to feel like all of the breath was being squeezed OUT of me, has turned around and breathed new life INTO me. God showed me how He would not allow the enemy to prevent me from reaching my destiny, He reminded that we go through tests so that we’ll recognize that what we go through is for His Glory and our good!
I had this awesome picture that I was going to post today…it was a picture that I’m going to call Night Light…because in the deepest and darkest moments of the night, God’s light still shines all around us, but then I stumbled across the above video on Facebook. Little did I know that this video was going to tell the story of a fellow Morgan alum who lost his wife shortly after they were married from the awful disease, cancer. Yes, I wanted to post my picture…but I had to share the story of he and his new wife, because while their circumstances are different from mine, they share the same story of being in a place of happiness, to falling in a pit, and at a divinely appointed time God stepping in and breathing new life into them. They share the same story of not dying in the valley, but rather, walking through the valley of the shadow of death and still managing to survive.
I’m beyond excited…I truly believe in my heart of hearts that everything in my life is on the verge of shifting for my good! In an instant I’ve gone from feeling hopeless to seeing how God has used situations and circumstances to bless my life, AND if He did it in one area…I’m convinced He can do it in every area of my life. It’s truly a new chapter and new season in my life! I’m excited about the possibilities.
Until next time…