The Day God Forgot His Call on My Life

13 comments Posted on February 17, 2015

Lori Roeleveldby Lori Stanley Roeleveld

The year I turned fifty was the year I knew God would expand His use of my writing for His glory. The last thing I wanted to be doing was interviewing for a full-time job working with troubled families. All my prayers, training, and passion had been focused toward writing, something I’d planned to do full-time now that my children were grown, but my husband had suddenly lost his job and been offered a new one sans medical benefits. At the same time, I was offered an interview for one with benefits included.

I sat before the interview panel mentally looking for reasons to decline the work, angry that God appeared to be forgetting or ignoring His call on my life to write for His glory. As the panel compared my education and experience to their needs, it became apparent to everyone that I was well-equipped for the work. That only served to increase my anger.

Finally, the lead interviewer said, “You seem perfect for the job, so I hesitate to mention this final requirement. It’s what always leads candidates to refuse the position.”

At last, I thought, here’s my exit. “What is it?” I said, leaning forward.

“Well,” he replied with a sigh, “the job requires a lot of writing.”

I wondered if I was the only one in the room who could hear God’s laughter.

As it turns out, the first task I have with troubled families is to write their story so that everyone working with them can see them in context. The story describes their culture, values, and strengths as well as their problems. I can’t tell you how often now I’ve heard a family say that that piece of writing was pivotal in helping them remember who they were as a family or to access the right services or to convince someone to provide them the help they needed.

Just when I thought God had forgotten His call on my life, He showed me how His call went beyond what I had envisioned. I do, indeed, work full-time writing for God’s glory, by day, in this job and by night for my blog and my book. Turns out, God’s idea of full-time was fuller even than mine!

Has God placed a call on your life? Are you ready for the unexpected adventure that may entail?

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored a disturbing blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in her first book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus). You’ll find Lori at her website www.loriroeleveld.com or on her front porch writing. If not, know this married mother of two homeschooled adults is off somewhere slaying dragons.

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  • 02/17/2015
    Jennifer Hallmark said:

    This is very encouraging. I wonder what God has for me this year. 🙂

  • 02/17/2015
    Lori Stanley Roeleveld said:

    If we’re willing to release our agenda and agree to go where we see God is active and at work, Jennifer, there’s no telling the adventure we’ll find.

  • 02/17/2015
    Edie Melson said:

    I’ve had a similar experience. Whenever I think I’m certain about the road ahead, I try to remember the only one who can see the future is God! Very encouraging!

  • 02/17/2015
    Mark Salmon said:

    Rings so true, I remember nobly setting out to go on the mission field and being prepared to lay down all the things I loved to do mission and being turned down only to be offered a position doing all the things I loved! Changed my understanding of God’s nature & Character.

  • 02/17/2015
    Lori Stanley Roeleveld said:

    Thank you, Edie! Mark, I spent my entire adolescence promising God I’d go whereever He sent me. It seemed like the perfect escape plan for RI. I believe He laughed again when the year I started my blog, the Southern Baptists declared RI an unreached people group. I’ve been here all my life and He was just growing up the mission field right under my feet. 😉

  • 02/17/2015
    Sandra Allen Lovelace said:

    Rejoicing with you over the clear though laughable direction. 🙂

  • 02/17/2015
    Sharon Thiel said:

    What a beautiful example of the overlooked attribute of God I like to call “More”! When Jesus said He came ‘…to give us life, and that more abundantly.’ (John 10:10) I always picture the word as “!MORE!” So blessed that His more for you, Lori, is growing to be a heavenly gift to the larger mission field called the World! <3

  • 02/17/2015
    Lori Stanley Roeleveld said:

    Sharon, I love your !MORE! and doesn’t that fit in well with More to Life magazine. Seems that God likes to send the message out through many of us!

  • 02/17/2015
    Cherrilynn Bisbano said:

    Lori Thank you for the encouragement. God truly has blessed you as a writer and now you are blessing me. I am so thankful. Those families have a prayer warrior behind them.

  • 02/17/2015
    Paul Taylor said:

    I lost my job in 2008 due to the Great Recession. Because of that I was able to be the full time care giver for my ailing wife. Along the way I found part time, at home, work sufficient to pay the bills. My wife died in 2012. So, we had 4 years of just the 2 of us, 17 really good years in all. Some time after I made a business out of that part time work which is still going on. I am a 71 year old architect who is still working. My wife was a Hospice Physician. She cared for the dying. She was the love of my life and I got to have her all to myself, 24/7, for 4 years. God gave me the best gift ever by taking my job.

  • 02/18/2015
    Sheri said:

    GOD CONFIRMED HIS CANDIDATE❤️

  • 02/18/2015
    Lori Stanley Roeleveld said:

    Paul, that’s beautiful. Your heart and your inspired perspective shine through your testimony!

  • 02/18/2015
    Lori Stanley Roeleveld said:

    Sheri, He certainly did!

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