“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
When I initially enrolled in college to pursue my degree in Psychology, I was more than excited. The complexities of the human mind have always fascinated my overly creative brain. With a focus on Behavioral Health, I would empower others to learn and choose options that promote emotional wellness. All was well until it was time to select courses for the next semester. The core classes were not available during the day [this was in an era before online courses]. I could not take evening classes due to my job responsibilities. The disappointment of sitting out a semester was overwhelming as I thought about the setback in achieving my goals.
We are allowed to do anything, but not everything is good for us to do. We are allowed to do anything, but not all things help us grow strong as Christians. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NLV.
My plans were blocked because there was a significant conflict between my goals and God’s plans and purpose for my life. I have always been a believer. Still, I enjoyed fulfilling my dreams according to my desires. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
Through my discouragement, God revealed His plan and my purpose. He opened the windows of heaven. I received numerous scholarships and grants for my nursing education. Although I was the oldest nursing student in my class at 40 y/o, I graduated with top honors. And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.
Serving patients and their families requires humility, which allowed the spiritual growth that I needed to become a follower of Jesus Christ. God used nursing as a ministry for me to provide compassionate care, emotional and spiritual support to diverse populations. Many years later, I can say, “Thank you, God, for your divine intervention. Amen.”
Our walk through life is as different as our fingerprints. Even so, a believer’s steps are ordered by God. We are to make disciples like the Apostle Paul. His conversion reveals the incredible power of God to give us a complete spiritual makeover and restoration when we surrender to Him—created by Him and for His purpose.
Prayer: God, we ask you to reveal your purpose and direction for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry