This happened to me last summer but I just remembered/ thought about it recently. Last summer one of my main efforts was to find a teaching job for the fall. I applied everywhere and then I waited and worried. I checked my email/phone/mailbox a million times a day hopping to hear something. I searched for new postings obsessively. There were times that I was depressed and anxious about not having a job yet but most of all I was frustrated with the waiting. At times I found it hard to enjoy other things while I was waiting. At times I found it hard to pray because I was so preoccupied with waiting to here something. Well the summer went on. I had plenty of interviews and did end up getting a job.
Then just last week I went to 12 noon daily mass. As I was leaving and walking through the parking lot I turned my phone back on and I had a message. As I sat in my hot car in the church parking lot listening to the message and quickly returning the call it felt strangely familiar.
I thought back to listening to messages from prospective jobs in my hot car in the church parking lot after daily mass last summer. Looking back I realized that quite a few times as I turned on my phone as I left daily mass last summer I found a message from a school wanting an interview or more information.
I would spend all morning worrying and anxious. Then I would put all of my worrying aside to attend 12 noon daily mass. As I would walk through the parking lot into mass I would shut off my phone. I would spend 20 minutes in daily mass and then as I would walk back through the parking lot to my car I would turn my phone back on. It happened more than once that this was when I received the news that I had been waiting for all day.
It was when I turned myself to the Lord and away from worrying during mass that he answered my prayers. I received the Lord during mass and I also received the phone calls that I had been waiting for.
Although I may have many other important things on my mind and on my schedule, I have to remember to always find time for the Lord. Nothing else will work out correctly if we don’t find time for him.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.
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