You might be surprised at what God is preparing you for!

Much of the twenty years Gunny served in the Marines, he was managing (and mentoring) young men in a shop that tested and repaired helicopter parts.  And during that time he got his degree in business and finance with the plan to use his degree to get a job after the Marines.  When he retired after 20 years, he took a job as a manager with a roofing manufacturer, and his favorite part of that job was that he did safety training for employee’s at the company’s plants all over the country.   He really enjoyed that job, but he worked long hours, traveled alot, and he spent almost three hours commuting every day.  So, last year he started looking around for what he could do closer to home.  And when he really thought about it, he realized that what he had enjoyed most in the Marines was working with and teaching young Marines.  And in his civilian job, what he had enjoyed most was training people.  So, he contacted Troops to Teachers and they directed him on the path to getting the training and licensing to become a math (a subject he loves) teacher.  He has just become a high school math teacher in Tulsa and is excited about teaching.  I can imagine that if you had said to that young Marine all those years ago that someday he would be a high school math teacher, he would have said, “No way!”  But apparently God had a plan for him to teach teenagers to not be afraid of math and maybe even come to love it as he does.  And God used his other jobs to prepare him for what I think is going to turn out to be his dream job.

DD was downsized from a very good position as VP of Human Resources with a furniture company last year.  And even though she has diligently sent out resumes and done interviews, she still hasn’t found a job.  But we are proud of how she has handled these trying times.  She is trusting in the Lord to show her what her next job will be.  In the meantime, she is coaching club volleyball, and enjoying it.  Who knows what job is in DD’s future.  But we too are trusting that at some point God will show her the perfect job for her, the one He has prepared her for with all the other jobs and experiences she has had up to now.

10 Responses to You might be surprised at what God is preparing you for!

  1. Linda says:

    Congratulations to Gunny. And to the students who will have the privilege of learning from him. What could be better than a teacher who loves his subject and loves introducing others to it? Enthusiasm is catching.

    This is a tough time in DD’s life, but I’m confident that God is busy working out His purposes.

  2. Vicki says:

    Well, congratulations to your son–I’m sure he will love teaching! By the way, I AM one of those people who are afraid of math!!!

    Hope your daughter finds her calling soon–times are tough for many and it looks like I may have to be looking for a new job too! I just want to retire!!!

  3. Debbie says:

    That was such a good post. I’m so glad that your husband is pursuing his interest. So many people are working jobs they don’t like. You are so right about having confidence in God to help us find answers. The waiting can become a problem easily for most people. He uses that to teach us patience. 😀

  4. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Linda. Even though I AM his mother, I DO think he’s going to be good at it.

    And, yes, I believe too that God has a plan for DD. I just wish it was a little faster plan! 🙂

    Vick — There are LOTS of people who don’t like math, so I think there will always be plenty of people for Gunny to convince they CAN do math. 🙂

    It is tough times, and I hope when times get a little better job prospects will look up for DD. Good luck to you too if you do end up having the find a new job.

  5. carlahoag says:

    Sandra, wow, a retired Marine math teacher – I think that’s wonderful! It’s the opportunity to be such a powerful role model.

    Our younger son never showed any interest in math until he got to junior college. He even had to take a remedial class. Then, for an art project he did some computations for a sculpture and found that he loved doing it. He decided to major in math, got a partial scholarship to T.C.U., where he received the senior scholar award in mathematics upon graduation. He’s done post graduate work also.

    May the Lord use your honorable son to influence the young people of Tulsa! A good teacher is a lifelong experience.

    And may your daughter discover God’s further plans for her life, too. Sometimes waiting is the hardest part.

  6. Amy Ostrowski says:

    Congratulations to Gunny! That is wonderful!

    You know I pray for DD each day. She is an awesome person and deserves to find something that brings her as much happiness as she brings so many.

  7. Sandra says:

    Debbie — Actually Gunny is our son, but yes we think it’s great that he has found a job he loves in teaching. I love it when God lets us see how His plans work out once in a while! I look forward to seeing what His plan is for DD too.

    Carla — What a great story about your son. It kind of proves Gunny’s theory that when someone isn’t “good at” something, many times it is just because they aren’t familiar with it! Boy, your son proved that in spades, didn’t he!

    And thank you for your care about DD too. The waiting isn’t just hard for her, it’s hard for her mama too! 🙂 But, we both know that God DOES have a plan and that He will reveal it in His own time.

    Amy — DD is so blessed to have such good friends, like you. And your friendship for her gives me great comfort too. It’ll happen, we just don’t know when, right! 🙂

  8. Barb says:

    I hope everything works out for well for DD. Those employers out there are missing out, I’m sure, but not hiring her.

    Congrats to Gunny! How REALLY wonderful, a Marine teaching high school math! We need more of them! (I forget exactly how you said Gunny says it, but when something goes wrong…or when you have an embarrassing situation, those are what make the memories.) I have thought of that many times, and have passed that on to others.

  9. Sandra says:

    Barb — I think Gunny’s saying that you are thinking about is: “The worst experiences, when they are over, make the best stories!” And the longer I go, the more I believe that is true!

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