That’s what I have been doing for the past week! I have officially finished University AND received a full time job offer from my first (and only) preference! Tuesday morning when I saw the job offer online I literally couldn’t believe it! I actually called the name attached to the offer and asked if it was for real – it was!
After a quick Facebook post and a few texts, friends and family were quick to ‘post’, ‘like’ and call with congratulations. The tears came freely. When I say freely, I mean I pretty much cried all day. At first I couldn’t figure out why but upon reflection, I recognised the emotions as relief and gratitude.
Relief that in the immediate future, there would be no more long unpaid shifts at the hospital, no more ‘attributes’ or assignments and no more juggling work, Uni and church. Relief that I had fought every part of me that had wanted to quit so many times. Relief that no longer did I have to worry about where my finances would be coming from. Relief that I no longer had to ‘figure out’ what I had to do with my life. Because for now, I could just relax knowing that the next step is taken care of, that my future is provided for and that whatever happens next I have had a great success.
Gratitude…where to begin? There is so much to be grateful for. My God who is far more faithful, loving, consistent and in control that I will ever be. Family that has always believed in me, told me I can do anything, spurred me on, loved me and provided for me. An AMAZING network of friends, who in the physical absence of family, have been more than I could have ever imagined. They have laughed with me, cried with me, encouraged, supported, given advice, hugs and unending love. They have celebrated my victories, mourned losses and invested precious time and energy into our friendship. I’m so blessed.
In Samuel 7:12 God gave the Israelites a great victory over the Philistines. As a reminder of the great victory, Samuel took a big stone and raised it as a memorial. He called it ‘Ebenezer’ meaning stone of help. Whenever the Israelites looked at Ebenezer they were reminded of how God had helped them and how faithful He had been. I write this blog as a kind of Ebenezer memorial; to mark an occasion of success, victory, and gratitude and to remind me of a journey that my faithful God brought me through unscathed.
No tears today, just dancing and a big smile!!
What are some big moments in your life that you have celebrated and ‘marked’? How did you do it?