As of yesterday, the news is officially out! I got a job! Praise the Lord! I was going crazy being stuck at home. Not having something to do and a schedule to keep to is not a lifestyle I thrive in. I do well when I’m kept busy and in structured situations, so I am happy to be employed and have a reason to wake up every morning.
A mighty good reason to wake up every morning, I am the Outreach Coordinator and Advocate for an anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Rescue Her. I have mentioned them before on the blog and on my Instagram. Here is one of those places they’re referenced. I have followed along on the Rescue Her journey for awhile and I totally back up and believe in everything they are doing. I am so excited to join their team and do what they have already been doing as my job! Seriously, how cool is that?! I get to be a part of bringing hope to a story that once looked hopeless, love someone who maybe has never experienced that before, and spread awareness while doing so. I am pumped!
The coolest part of this story doesn’t begin there though. As I mentioned before, I have followed Rescue Her for awhile, 3 1/2 years to be exact. I actually tried to start an organization on UNT campus through Rescue Her years ago. I was unable to find a teacher sponsor so it never happened.
If you know my story, I have been passionate about human trafficking since I went on a missions trip to Argentina in 2012. I was a junior in high school. After seeing what I saw and hearing the stories I heard, my heart was immediately drawn to this epidemic. I wanted to help. I wanted to change it. I wanted to do something. At the young age of 17, there wasn’t much I could do or offer at the time. A few years later, I decided I wanted to go back and help out the same missionary we worked with before. After lots of consideration and talking it over with my mentors, I decided now wasn’t the right time. Fast forward a few more years, I went on another missions trip to the Atlanta Dream Center. Again, my heart was softened to the reality of this issue and it was made known that it happens in our own country. I spent the following months after we got back home planning to head back to Atlanta in the summer to intern with them and their program. One thing led to another, things got confused and misunderstood, and I decided it would be best if I didn’t go. As the next couple years went by, I went on another missions trip to Moldova where I taught an educational class about human trafficking to their college students and helped spread awareness. I also lead an End It Movement campaign on my campus and raised funds for an anti-human trafficking organization in Denton. I used my social media influence to spread awareness any chance I got. I did everything I thought to do.
That’s just it, I did everything I thought to do. I tried to open the doors on my own. I tried to pave my own way into the call God placed on my life to love these women, bring hope to a once hopeless situation, and bring freedom to a life once bound in shame. I knew this was what I was supposed to do and I got so frustrated at myself, but mainly at God when it wasn’t seeming to work out. I doubted. I questioned my ability. If I’m being honest, I almost ran from it. I started trying to navigate other fields, such as domestic violence. That’s close enough right?
Little did I know, God had a plan all along, but I was too busy trying to control it on my own. So often we know God’s called us, but we forget that we need to be equipped. We also need to be appointed. One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis is, “I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.” Sometimes, we need to wait. Sometimes we need to learn, grow, and experience things before we can step into our calling. I can honestly tell you that my 17 year old self was not ready for this. I can even say that my 20 year old self probably wasn’t either. There are things I didn’t know, didn’t understand, and there were places God hadn’t taken me yet. There were pieces of God’s character I didn’t yet understand that are going to allow me to share the love that God has for these women and children so much more than I could have before.
Never doubt God’s plan for your life, because one day you’ll look back and what seemed to be broken pavement, wrong turns, and missed opportunities is actually the perfectly planned out will of God in your life. He has a plan. Three and a half years ago, I reached out to Rescue Her because I was desperate to change the reality of so many people on my campus. Three and a half years ago, I was handed this folder. Three and a half years ago, I thought I had missed an opportunity, that I failed, and that I should just give up. Honestly, after about my third try at pursuing this passion of mine, I had just about given up. I remember the exact moment I scrolled by the picture stating that Rescue Her was hiring on Instagram. I applied SO fast! I even began to tear up as I hit send, because I just knew this was going to be another failed attempt, but I wanted it not to be so badly. I got an interview. I was so nervous. Then I got a follow up interview. I was honestly even more nervous. Now, three and a half years later, I have a desk in their office, I am a part of the impact they’re making, and now I have a purpose when I wake up each morning to go to work. I’m not saying I didn’t have purpose before, but how cool is it that every day when I go to work, I get to be confident that I’m making a difference and God is working through me and my job. I get to do this! Not in my timing, but His. That’s the most important thing to note. This is not and never was going to be accomplished in my timing alone, I needed His perfect timing.
My motto for this year is the best is yet to come! And it did, but this is just the beginning. There is so much more in store for you and for me this year, and this life. Just hold on to the promises of God and your best will come.
I wrote all of this out to say, if you know that God has called you but the door hasn’t opened yet. Be patient. Seek out opportunities to learn, to grow, to experience things that could help equip you. Trust God, because there is no better place to be than in middle of trusting Him. He will make a way. He knows what he’s doing. I promise you it will outweigh any of your wildest dreams. He is so good. He is so very good to me and He is just as good to you. Your time is coming, cling tight to the hope that He brings. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t left you behind. Your broken pavement, missed opportunities, and wrong turns are creating the perfect pathway for God’s call on your life. It’s equipping you and appointing you for your very own “such a time as this” moment. Keep pushing through. I promise it’s coming.