Having the Courage to Say YES to God, Even When It Doesn't Go as Planned

By Mamie Pack

God's Brave Women - Mamie's Story


“I’m sorry, but you are just not what we are looking for at this time.”


He stands, returning my resume back into my hands.


Smile plastered on my face, heart breaking, hands trembling, grabbing my resume, I walk away.


It wasn’t supposed to go this way.


Walking away, my eyes glazed over the rows of tables with job recruiters. People walking, resumes in hand, hoping someone would simply say yes. Hoping for the opportunity to start a new job.


But table after table, interview after interview, the rejections were on repeat.


“You have great qualifications, but . . . “ “Unfortunately, we were looking for someone who . . .”

“We’re concerned about the gap in your resume.”


After spending all day at my third job fair in two weeks, I left once again with no job. I spent over a decade as an educator and my doctorate in education was almost complete. How was this happening?


"After spending all day at my third job fair in two weeks, I left once again with no job. I spent over a decade as an educator and my doctorate in education was almost complete. How was this happening?"


Mustering up every ounce of strength, I started walking back to my car. I didn’t feel brave. I didn’t feel strong. Opening the door, I melted into the seat. Disbelief, anger, and fear began to invade my heart.


Why is this so hard?

Did I hear God wrong?

Did I miss my moment?

What if no one hires me?


I could not bear to pick up the phone to talk to my husband. I could not bring myself to utter the words no one wanted to hire me, again. So I sat in my car, waiting. I expected God’s presence. No, I needed His presence.


It was in the waiting God reminded me where He guides, He provides.


I heard the whisper, “Remember.”


Would I have the bravery to hold on to my faith even when life didn’t look the way I planned?


"It was in the waiting God reminded me where He guides, He provides... Would I have the bravery to hold on to my faith even when life didn’t look the way I planned?"


After being content to be a stay-at-home mom for six years, the Holy Spirit began to stir my desire to go back to work.


Eagerly, I looked forward to stepping right back into the high school classroom and impacting lives. Teaching wasn’t just my profession; being a teacher is a part of who I am. God equipped me and called me, now I was waiting for Him to assign me to this next season.


Being brave meant saying say YES to God.


When I began feeling the stirring to re-enter the workplace, my husband and I prayed for clarity, for direction, and wisdom.


While I was away from the traditional classroom for six years, my life changed. We were now a family with four sons, living in a new city again (thanks U.S. Navy), and no local family support. Going back to work now would be different.


It was risky. It was scary. There was a huge chance nothing would go the way I planned, but I knew I needed to prepare anyway. I would choose bravery, even in the face of my insecurities.


Knowing this prompting was from God, I said “Yes, God. Where you lead me, I will go.”

I was walking an unknown path with the God I know. Ignited by my faith, I bravely started the steps to begin a new chapter in my life.


"Knowing this prompting was from God, I said “Yes, God. Where you lead me, I will go.” I was walking an unknown path with the God I know."


Making the list was easy. Interviewing for a job wasn’t new to me. Updati