A year ago, I never would have guessed that God would lead me to where I am right now. I have been residing in Virginia Beach for two whole months now and am currently employed by the Diocese of Richmond, serving Old Dominion University’s Catholic Campus Ministry. Other than helping out with the administrative/planning side and doing ministry with students, I’m also the music minister. God definitely took me out of my comfort zone. And I couldn’t be any more happy that He did.
What I’ve been reminded of through all of this is the simple reality that God is greater and so are His plans. If I wasn’t obligated to go to a retreat with Marymount’s Campus Ministry in January, I would’ve missed out on the beauty of the Spirit working through the staff and students on a college campus. If it wasn’t for me asking to join the music ministry on Thursday nights to play guitar for Adoration/Mass on campus at Marymount, I wouldn’t have gained the experience that I did. If it wasn’t for the proper discernment, who knows where I would have gone. In retrospect, everything is how it’s supposed to be, and I am certain of this because of His blessing of peace.
There is much joy, peace, and confidence in what lies ahead. God has already blessed CCM and ODU in many ways, whether it was through a glorious Beach Retreat or by bringing 20 people to daily Mass or by reigniting the fire in the hearts of students who want grow stronger in the faith (OR want to join the Church!); miracles are happening every single day on this campus. During our staff meetings before classes resumed, we would often refer to this year as the “planting the seed” phase, like all new things. Our Heavenly Father is working quickly and those seeds are growing at a pace I myself did not anticipate. What a tremendous blessing it is to witness this! Indeed, God is greater and so are His plans.
“Oh! The places you’ll go!”