At the end of 2016, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa. This was the grand prize at the end of a 7-year journey filled with grace, long work hours, many tears, exam failures and the best of times.
When I started this journey, I had high hopes of packing my bags at the finish line and whisking myself overseas to take on the Big Apple. Little did I know that I would meet the man of God’s dreams (which obviously far exceeded my own) and that His plans, and mine, would grow to so much more.
When I did make it to the finish line, an amazing job opportunity here in Cape Town fell in my lap and Aaron and I finally had a glimpse of God’s plans for us. This glimpse grew into a clear picture when 3 months after I started my new job, I bumped into an ex-colleague, Sybil, whom I didn’t know all that well. One thing leads to another and she ended up sending my CV to the UK in hopes of opening new doors for us as well as to give us the opportunity to spread our wings over the water, closer to Europe.
A nail-biting three weeks after my interview, I got my dream job, and the adventure started!
I feel that I have to point out how God was working behind the scenes while I was giving my all to land my dream job.
Prior to the encounter with Sybil, I had applied for numerous jobs in the UK and got turned down, but in the week leading up to that night, Aaron and I had a week-long prayer and fast where we prayed to God for clear direction on our future. And boy did He deliver! Meeting up with Sybil was not by accident or chance, that was God leading the way. He opened a door in Cambridge for a position that was not even being advertised, and He showed me immense favour. None of this was by my own doing, I have always worked hard, but have never been the best by any stretch of the imagination.
This just showed me again; God always knows best and without Him, we are on a road to nowhere.
This was just the beginning of God opening closed doors for us.
We commit this journey to God and His guidance. We pray over every step of the way and trust in God to deliver on the excitement He has awakened in our hearts. All the while remembering what my dad loves telling me, wise words by Gary Player (with reference to Coleman Cox, in Listen to this (1922));
“I have found the harder I work, the luckier I get”.
So, for now, I live on Google, looking at pictures, potential houses, where to shop, which pubs to visit, where to travel to and trying to find a coffee spot, as I refuse to convert to become a tea drinker.