An Ode to 2018: Letting Things Fall Into Place

Hey there!

It’s been a minute since my last blog post because so much has happened! I graduated from college, landed a sweet job in my field, will soon be moving closer to my workplace and much more.

On the surface, it kind of sounds like things are really panning out, right? But 2018 was another year of learning to trust in God’s beautiful plan and timing, which, as usual, was the absolute opposite of what I expected. Things are continuing to fall into place in incredible ways.

2018, this is your ode.

Being a student in my final year of school, the thought that consumed the most energy and the least favourite thing to be asked by an adult was…

“So, what’s next for you after you graduate?”

If you’re anything like me, you use humour to change the subject and as a coping mechanism because you simply have nothing else to say, and because you just don’t know. I had an idea that I wanted to do communications and marketing for a non-profit in the arts like an art gallery or a museum. Sounds great, right? I kept tossing around in my mind jobs that would look good on a CV and pays okay. As soon as I steered my mind into what I wanted, I would panic a little. You would think that the thought of wanting a stable job in a fantastic field would give me comfort!

“So, what the actual heck is next?”

Then I remembered how a couple of years ago at a conference God put on my heart the desire to pursue doing communications in ministry. It took awhile, and I had to let go of a lot of fear and control, but the seed God planted grew through life experiences. Things began to made sense and seeking Him, and finally made sense at the beginning of 2018.

Working at a bible camp for 2 summers, being involved with Campus Church during school, being a part of the core team for a church plant and just having an overall passion for ministry, all led me to this place. Through continually being challenged in my faith, even through times of doubt, God increased the fire and passion for doing communications in ministry became real. I had met with someone about potentially doing campus ministry in Eastern Canada, but had this gut feeling that I needed to stay in Ontario because this is where God wanted me.

Through a lot of intentional and divinely appointed conversations, two interviews, and a part-time contract over the summer, I find myself in working in an amazing church doing communications and social media coordinating. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a part of such a wonderful church community/family!

Now, they didn’t just fall into place “just like that”; it’s taken working my butt off in school, allowing people to give me feedback and hold me accountable, building strength and resiliency, but most, importantly: clinging to God, truly experiencing His faithfulness and becoming more aware of His goodness. Reflecting on what God has done for me in 2018, how can I not feel kind of excited for what 2019 is going to bring? Yeah, it will bring challenges and heartache but it will also bring so much good because, well, GOD!

Friends, in 2019, know that you are known by God. Don’t be afraid of what the future holds. Let good people into your life. Find joy in even the tiniest things. Do things that will make you a healthier you, set healthy boundaries and guard your heart. Laugh until you cry/snort the beverage of your choice out of your nose/pee yourself.

I hope and pray that 2019 is a year of growth and abiding in Christ.

Until next time,

Abby

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendour and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.”

1 Chronicles 29:11 (CSB)

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