Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved math. Math was my favorite class in school and, while I wasn’t a dedicated student, math came easily to me. Even in high school, I made plans that my college career would be consumed by obtaining a degree in mathematics. I wasn’t aware of the vast opportunities for mathematicians, but I did enjoy many of my high school math teachers. I loved math, and I loved those teachers. You would think that a degree in education and mathematics would be the perfect fit, right?
Not exactly. Once I started my degree program, it became evident that I did not want a degree in math and that I did not want to spend my days in high school classrooms. I came home from college one day and told my dad I planned to switch majors. I didn’t know what path I wanted to pursue but did know I was going down the wrong route. My dad recommended accounting because, and I quote, “You’ll make lots of money.” That was a great plan! I switched. I graduated a 5-year program in 3.5 years to start making said money.
To make a long story short, I never made a lot of money as an accountant. I wasn’t a Christian when I graduated with my undergraduate degree but became one shortly thereafter. I have primarily used my accounting knowledge and skills to work for non-profits, along with teaching. Ironically, as I move from one non-profit to the next, each pays less than the one; but, the amazing work God has done in me is that he has been the director of my professional path, even before I knew him.
The Bible records numerous times where God tells us to let him direct our paths. Psalms 25:4 (KJV) states, “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6 (KJV) says, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” When I switched to accounting, I had no idea why I wanted to make the degree change. I didn’t know God then, but he knew me and he knew the plans he had for me. He has orchestrated those plans perfectly. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) sums it up best, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” The most amazing thing, though, is my hope and certain future in him.
So many times in our lives we don’t know why things go the way they do. As an encouragement, prayerfully seek the Lord and his guidance for the path he has laid before you. It may not always be an easy path or a clear one. It may take a huge leap of faith as you plod along and, vocationally, it may even require a job change or additional education. I am grateful that God continues to strengthen me on my path and I pray that God provides you with clarity as he directs yours.