Hey friends, so I have a little life update for you. I’m in CALIFORNIA! Wow, right?!? If ya’ll know me very well, then you know that I’m from Florida, and I’ve definitely never been to the west coast. I honestly can’t believe I’m writing this, and I really feel like I could spend half of the day filling up this page with all the goodness that has already come from this trip. I’ll be here for a whole month, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep you more updated than I have these past few weeks.
Have you ever had one of those experiences where you had absolutely no idea how anything was going to work out at all and then God provided all at once? This was one of those times for me. Y’all have no idea how long I spent praying, applying for internships, and waiting for responses that didn’t come. Basically, this process was happening since last November if you can believe that. I applied to places all over the country because I’ve spent all my summers in Florida, and I LOVE going on adventures! After months of waiting, I still wasn’t getting answers, so when April and the end of my spring semester rolled around, I was pretty much ready to give up. I think that was one of the most frustrating times because when you actually put all your energy into something and it’s still not enough, it’s so easy to get discouraged.
I started praying very specifically that God would make a way for me to go. I took a break from the applications and the resume building and took a few weeks to rest and to see the beauty in the things Jesus was putting right in front of me like my family, photography, the sweetest friends, the ocean, and the ministry that he already called me to do. And somewhere in the middle of that resting, I decided that I had to be sure that staying was what God wanted for me , so I started the whole process again, and guess what happened? Nope this is not the point where I got the internship or booked a flight or any of that. It still seemed like nothing was happening.
I was praying and walking and living in the hope that Jesus would make a way, though. Half of the time I was so energetic and excited about the possibilities and the other half I felt like I was wasting my whole summer with all this extra work. I would get one interview or one job and then it would fall through at the last minute. Long story short, God completely overcame all my expectations and provided so completely the last week in June.
I didn’t apply for the internship that I got, and Jesus just brought the right people into my life in the middle of this season of waiting to get me to the place I am. I wasn’t trying to be in the Bay Area or even working in the industry that my internship is in, but here I am. And you know what, I feel so loved. But waiting and hoping and faith don’t end when we get the answer we were looking for. That’s what I’m learning right now. When everything came together, I had exactly one day to pack, and I moved out here without knowing exactly where I would live or when I could start working.
When I write it down, it all sounds so unplanned and unpredictable and full of risk, but I think that’s partly what faith is. We lean everything into God and he provides. Maybe not where or when we expect, but he will provide. He does provide, and now I’m here in California with the most perfect place to live, a job, and time to be still with my savior and watch him provide when I can’t see far enough into the future to plan anything. Sorry this post was less about where I’ve been so far, but I couldn’t write something down and not explain what a beautiful thing it is that I’m here in the first place. P.S. If you’re wondering, I really like it here! SO PRETTY!