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Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Thursday, February 15 - Melanie Brannon

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Thursday, February 15
Melanie Brannon, confirmed in 2007, family has been members since 1994

I discovered early in my college career that I had a passion for individuals with disabilities. After being introduced to a pediatric occupational therapy internship, I knew without a shadow of a doubt in my heart that this was the job I was called to do. God had spoken so clearly that this was His purpose for me, and I had the drive to do anything it took to fulfill this plan.

The rest of college remained a struggle for me in my academics, social life, and trust for the future. My drive faded. Professors lacked hope in my ability to go to graduate school. I had a laundry list of prerequisite classes I still needed to take, and I became discouraged and doubtful in God's calling. Almost two years after graduating college, I finally became confident enough to apply to graduate school, yet my doubt in God flooded back into my thoughts when I heard that I was rejected. Why was all my hard work not paying off? Was this not His plan for me after all? I wasn't focused on my faith, job, friends and family, or any of the other blessings that God had placed in front of me to enjoy at that time. I was impatient, and I felt like neither I nor God was in control of my life anymore.

It is vital to remember that God has a purpose in everything we do along every step of the way. Perhaps I wasn't able to get into school at that time, but God was calling me to persevere through more application preparation, to work as hard as I could at my job, to focus on my relationships, and above all, to stay true to my faith. Feeling that I was the only one who could be in complete control and thinking that I was entitled to get what I "deserved" were barriers to my faith in God.

I hope to take every obstacle and every moment that may not be in my plan as a sign that this is where I am meant to be at this moment in time. Surrounding myself with a community of faithful peers, praying for continued trust, and reflecting on my countless blessings are ways to feel sound that my relationship with God is greater than any worldly issue that I am facing. God's timing may not be our timing, but that is okay. He will listen, and He will provide with trust and prayer.

Months later, I was accepted into occupational therapy school, where I have begun the most incredible and humbling opportunity to pursue what I love while following the plan that God introduced to me years ago. He did listen, He did provide, and He was in control when I felt that I was not.

Dear God, I want to take this moment to thank You for the countless blessings You have provided me. I may be struggling with understanding why my journey looks different than what I expected it to be, but that is okay. Your plan and Your love can and will conquer any fears, insecurities, and worries that I may have about my direction in life. Help me to understand why I am meant to be where I am in life. Help me to recognize my blessings amidst a difficult time. Help me turn to You when I lose strength, hope, and encouragement. I pray that I will continue to trust in Your plan and know that any issue I am facing in this world is minuscule compared to your vast and unconditional love for me. Amen.

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