It was not until four years, after I graduated from nursing school and passed the Philippine Licensure Exam, that I took up law. And it was only then when I learned of God’s plan for me all along through the bible verse Jeremiah 29:11.
Having read Jeremiah 29:11, I now consider delays as blessings and part of God’s plan
My parents want me to go abroad and join our other relatives there in the hope that I’ll make a great career out of nursing. Imagine how frustrated I was and torn between other people’s wishes and pursuing my ultimate dream. But being the obedient daughter that I am, I did what they said.
Luckily, in 2009, I graduated with a BSN degree and passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (PNLE) of the same year with flying colors. Then, I started working as a nurse.
I embraced the nursing profession even though I completely know that it wasn’t something I’d do for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong though; nursing is a wonderful and rewarding profession. It’s just that my dream and passion is something else.
Fast forward to 2013, my parents finally entertained the idea of “law school”. In between those years within which I worked as a nurse and musician, they saw me do my advocacy for the nursing profession and my passion and interest in law and order.
God must have opened their eyes and hearts. Now, I am approaching my final years as a [struggling] law student.
Struggling, yes. But I have always felt fulfilled.
Discovering the Lord’s plan for me
Jeremiah 29:11 taught me that the four-year delay I experienced in all my plans is God’s work all along. In those years that I worked as a nurse, I saw suffering and injustice as well as the resilience and uniqueness of humanity all at the same time. I’d seen how Filipino nurses are mistreated and taken for granted in this country, giving them substandard labor benefits in exchange of promise of stable employment in the clinical field.
Had I not become a nurse, I would not have witnessed all of these. It gave me a deeper awareness of my surroundings; a better consciousness of my purpose and dream.
Things happen for a reason, they say.
True enough. God made me realize that the delay He gave me was neither a rejection nor punishment. Instead, it is prelude to His ultimate plan for me. He had to teach me life lessons that I will be needing in the future.
God’s plans are eventually unfolding right in front of me. I regret that at some point before, I questioned Him and resisted.
Even before we were born, God has already laid the blueprint of our lives for us. He never planned something that will destroy; only those that will make us the best person and servants of the Lord that we can be. The Lord will surely reveal these to at His beautiful time.
So now that I am in my final years in law school, I know better. I will let the Lord steer the jet of my passion and dreams.