For about two years, my wife could not find a job.
This bothered me a great deal because it was ruining my dreams of being a stay at home Dad, spending all of my wife’s money on video games and Apple technology while half-mindedly attending to the kids or teaching them how to play video games with me.
In all seriousness, every lead that we followed, the doors just weren’t budging open. I’m sure she was getting frustrated — but I’m not hear to speak on her behalf. I, for one, was getting fairly annoyed because, regardless of me being her husband and being biased, I fully believe that she will be a great addition to any organization.
Again, I can’t speak for her, but I think both of us suspected (or at least hoped) that all these doors weren’t opening because God had something else in plan for her.
And from my experience, God’s plan seemingly always comes with a time of waiting. Perhaps it’s to make us so desperate that we’ll say “yes” to whatever God had planned. Maybe it’s to prepare us for the journey ahead. Maybe it’s to wean us off of depending on our own strength and laurels and yearn for more dependency on God. Maybe it’s to take time for us to whittle away bad habits — a purifying fire, if you will.
But the wait is over. Starting July 1, Rahel (my wife) will be appointed to Isla Vista working with (recently “refrocked”) Frank Schaefer.
I am excited at this new opportunity for her. It’d be a lie if I told you I wasn’t a bit envious of her. But I think this is a great opportunity for her and a great opportunity for IV.
I’m anticipating that some controversy will arise because of the appointment of Frank Schaefer. And perhaps my wife will unfairly get caught in the crosshairs of chicken shit folks who would rather hide behind a screen (or a screen name) and write hateful comments and emails. But we both have thick skins. It’s the product of being a minority — and a pastor’s kid of a Korean church. In other words, I’m not worried about anything. My wife will excel with the help and guidance of God’s grace.
I have been putting some thought into Bishop Carcaño’s decision to appoint Rev. Schaefer at IV. While I have many words and thoughts regarding this, I always come back to Acts 5:
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God
All that matters is, my baby’s gonna be making that paper and she can resume spoiling me!
More importantly, she now has a chance to utilize her gifts and talents and serve the people of IV through God’s grace and love. And believe me — the community of IV is blessed to have her.
And I’m not just saying that cuz I’m her husband.