Introduction by Matthew Forsythe (B.S. '05)
As Multnomah’s Donor Relations Officer, I have enjoyed getting to know the students who are employed part time in the Advancement Department. Two years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a young woman named Sarah Garrison. Recently, she and I were able to catch up and reflect on the journey that God has taken her on in the last six months.
In December, Sarah graduated from Multnomah University with an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies. Facing life after graduation, Sarah was at a crossroads. What would she do? With many interests, including missions, mentoring women, and working with youth, it was hard to make a long term decision. In the meantime, Sarah was hoping to get a job here at Multnomah University. Although she was offered a few positions, none seemed to be a great fit. And then a position opened up in our Student Ministries Department. With a huge heart for student interaction and ministry, she was certain this was the perfect fit. She cast out a net of prayer and applied for the position. We were all cheering for her. Unfortunately, she found out that she would be unable to fill the role.
In the wake of her disappointment, Sarah turned to God and brought her anxiety and hurt to him. As she prayed, she became more interested in enrolling in the Masters of Arts in Counseling Program at Multnomah University. Influential voices in Sarah’s life encouraged her to apply. A short eight days after applying she was accepted and received immediate peace. God had spoken!
God at Work
Still looking for a part time job that was flexible to her school schedule, Sarah met with her mentor, senior student Kristen Leach, who was at that time Multnomah’s Student-Alumni Representative. Sarah asked who was going to fill her role upon graduation. When Kristen replied that she didn’t know, Sarah leapt at the opportunity and said, “What about me?” As they discussed it further, Kristen realized that as an Advancement student worker in the past, Sarah already had the skills needed to make a smooth transition and fit the job description perfectly. God was at work again!
After two weeks in her new role Sarah shared, “It’s perfect. It’s exactly where I need to be. I love every minute. The position utilizes my people and administrative gifts.
Sarah’s journey reminds me of the story of Isaac and Ishmael. God promised Abraham a son even though he and Sarah were well along in years. Like many of us, they got impatient and Ishmael was the result. Ishmael represents our attempt to control situations and speed up the process. Isaac represents God’s best for us. If we will wait, God will give us Isaac—his good and perfect gift.
Gods Best for You
Like Sarah, many of you are waiting to find the right job or ministry. Times are hard and the state of our economy doesn’t help. God wants you to be encouraged and know that he has your best in mind. He is not withholding from you. Continue to wait and trust him. God wants to give you an Isaac!
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11