"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
You may know that a little over a year ago, I was looking at transitioning, making a move to DC and getting my feet wet in the political world. I wasn’t exactly sure what it would look like, and I tried very hard to make some doors open. But they didn’t open, and the unexpected door that did swing totally wide open was to be the communications director at Grace Covenant Church. And as I thought about it and prayed about it, it became very clear to me, very quickly, that this was the door I needed, and wanted, to walk through.
So, I took this job at GCC, with great expectation and great faith. I was excited to come to the DC area and serve a church I only kind of knew, but deeply respected. I knew, as did the people who hired me, that my time here would only be for a season. I thought I would be here for a couple of years, but in the last few months, I started sensing that time would be much shorter. I started to realize that what I wanted to pursue at some point actually needed to be pursued. That my call wouldn’t unfold itself, and that the dreams that were starting to grow and expand inside me weren’t going to be ignored forever. And so I slowly, patiently, started pursuing things. And it was slow. And so I tried to be patient. I wasn’t in a rush. I didn’t need to rush. But still, nothing seemed to be happening or opening. So I continued waiting, thinking, praying, and poking around, but still keeping my hand on the plow God had given me in this present time and season.
And sure enough, in just the last week or so, a door—again unexpected—swung wide open to me. In just a matter of days, I heard about, pursued and then got a job offer. I think it was my new glasses.
And so, on September 29th, I start a new job at Javelin, a small, up-and-coming creative/digital agency in the DC area. I’ll be working with clients and doing a mix of things that I love: PR, writing, storytelling and digital media. There are still unknowns, but I am excited for the chance to continue developing my skills in those areas, with largely politically-oriented clients. I’ll be working with a great team and contributing to some awesome projects. This is really an ideal next step for me.
I'm also excited to say that I'll be moving to DC. I've been living in Northern Virginia, and it's been good. But I am an urban girl at heart, and I'm drawn to DC in a way that is hard to describe. I'll be moving there in the next month, living in a cool rowhouse in Capitol Hill, and probably going to Toki Underground and Peregrine Espresso too much.
My last four years with Every Nation, working with churches and campus ministries, has been foundational to my personal, professional and spiritual growth. It's been hard at times, but so good. It's allowed me time to process things in my life that needed processing, and begin to discover the skills and passions that had laid dormant for a long time.
This past year at Grace Covenant Church has been good. It’s been different than what I expected, in many ways, but aren’t most jobs? We often sign up for something, and then find that when we get there, it’s different than what we expected. But I think that in that gap between what we thought and what actually is, is where God can do some of his greatest transformational work in us. I can only hope and pray that he has been able to do that in me.
It’s been a privilege to work at Grace. I'm not sure I have ever met a more generous people, and a team more devoted to excellence and godliness. So many great things are yet to come for this house, and I feel thankful I got to be a small part of its still-unfolding history.
At times I get glimpses of what I want to be and where I want to go in the future. But they are just that, they are glimpses. I don’t have a road map or a ten-year-plan of where I am going or how I will get there. All I have is this opportunity, this open door, and the sure voice of the Holy Spirit saying go. It is not enough to rest on forever, but it is enough for now.
And so with faith and great expectation, I’m stepping out into this next step of the great adventure.