I was so exhausted after coming home from work tonight that I barely had enough energy to take off my shoes, collapse on my bed and turn on a 90’s radio station. The first song I heard was “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. The more I listened, the more I realized the song was more than a victory cheer for soon being able to pay off half the tuition fees I still owe. (“Whoa, we’re halfway there…”)
The idea of “living on prayer” sums up how I have chosen to live this summer. I needed a way to cut my expenses in order to begin the new school year with no upfront debt. Therefore, I’ve made a temporary, though still taxing move, to work for the national office of a major pro-life organization until the end of August. This involved packing up everything I could and taking it by train to a downtown apartment in a big city. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve seen how God has His hand in the whole thing.Thankfully, I was able to connect with the local Catholic community very quickly, and reunite with friends who were already close by. Many of those people are living near or even working with me. On top of that, I was already acquainted with the area I’m living in. Most stores and services are within a few blocks from “home” including: my bank, office, church, another popular Catholic hangout, a major mall, a grocery store, and the all-important Starbucks and Booster Juice. By far the biggest thing I have to be thankful for is that Jesus and His Church do not change based on the city or season of life I happen to be in.
I have had to trust and communicate with the Lord now more than any other time I can remember. There is security in this adventure, yet getting through every day is now an even more apparent act of faith. My new job is an especially useful opportunity to discern part of my vocation and future. Even before starting work, I have prepared for a possible return to this area post-Ottawa. There is a lot to explore over the next few months, but the knowledge that my Father will never leave me is never far from my mind.
I think I am spending my summer in the wisest way possible, but a move like mine is only for the truly adventurous. I would not wish this for you unless absolutely necessary. Instead, I hope that anyone who reads this finds their own way to trust God with their whole lives. I’m praying for all of you. God bless!
By Taylor Hyatt (Originally written May 28/13)