Friday, June 25, 2010

Every good and perfect gift comes from above.

A few months ago, if you would have told me that someone with a BS in Financial Economics and an MS in Accounting, with a near-perfect GPA would have a hard time finding a job, I would have laughed in your face.  However, it turns out that in Vermillion, SD, even with outstanding credentials, it's been a big challenge finding a job in the accounting world.
You know Brett and me.  We sort of like to have a plan.  Or, even better, a detailed description of what the next 5 years (at minimum) are going to look like.  So, when we weren't too sure what the next few months were going to look like, our feathers got a bit ruffled.

Of course, I started questioning everything.  Did we make the wrong decision by accepting USD's offer for me to start grad school early?  Now we're stuck in Vermillion until I finish.  Is it too late for me to transfer?  Should I take a break from school?

Thankfully, I married a very wise man, who knows when to tell me that I'm being crazy.

So, we prayed and prayed.  And, though we didn't hear back from prospective employers (or if we did, it was always, "We're going to go with someone who has a little more experience," which is always exactly what you want to hear right out of college), God was so faithful.  Every single need was met and more.  I realized one day, as I was begging God to open up this job opportunity for Brett that, HELLO, Rebecka, look around you--have you ever not been taken care of?  So I stopped begging and started reflecting on what I think is the most prevalent theme in the Old Testament:  Remembrance.  "Remember the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt."  "Remember that you were once slaves."  I'll be the first to admit, I don't really get how prayer works.  But I can tell you, at the very least this did wonders for my attitude.

But.  Brett still needed a job.  I had prayed, months ago, "God, it would be so incredible if Brett could be given a job before he finishes school."  Well, today, five days before the last day of graduate school, Brett was hired!

The job is absolutely perfect for him.  He'll be an auditor at a firm about twenty minutes from us that specializes in non-profit and governmental accounting.  (I know--it has "Brett Peterson" written all over it, right?)  So, he'll be auditing schools, towns, etc.

I'm very very proud of my husband.  But, even more, I'm so thankful that my God loves us.  And as Jesus put it, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"

Thanks for taking care of us, Jesus.


  1. What an awesome story! The Lord surely always does provide; it's great it hear what He is doing in your lives!

  2. Praise God for doing amazing things in your lives! God is so good and always faithful and this is just a way that God is showing you His grace!