Camille Buckley speaks about her experience as a recent graduate and how her injury overseas lead her right where she was supposed to be.
“Coming out of college I was like most recent graduates: unsure of what to do, wanting to be independent but not sure how to get there. The thought of this process was overwhelming and stressful. My solution was [to] go overseas to play pro basketball. I knew playing pro was not what God had planned for me, but I went anyways,” states Camille.
How many times have we tried to make our own decisions? We always think that we know what’s best for our lives, after all, it’s our lives. Until, our plans don’t pan out the way that we expected them to.
“After an injury, I was forced to come back home. For a while I was depressed, and, again, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I felt so stuck.”
“I was quickly reminded that with my life: ‘His will be done and not mine.’ ”
“I got a job! And [I] was also coaching club basketball. It was during this time that I figured out what I wanted to do. I wanted to be an Athletic Director, at the high school level. I wanted the schedule and the benefits of having a job with a school district, while also being able to have the luxury of coaching!”
Have you realized that sometimes, we have to start right back at square one in order to move forward? It may seem as though it’s counter-intuitive, but God has to do a work in us. HE has to remind us of what HE has already placed inside of us.
“I’ve been praying for a way to accomplish this goal. I already had the prerequisites for being a coach, but it seemed like there was no entry level position to be an athletic director.”
In our “waiting period,” it is very important that we are building our relationship with God in prayer. Essentially HE is teaching something that will be pertinent in our future seasons.
“One day I had a phone conversation with my former college coach. She told me about an available coaching, teacher, and assistant athletic director position in the Los Angeles area. Immediately, I applied for the position.”
“This was it – my dream job was right in front of me – I just had to get it. I interviewed once, and was invited to a second interview. During the second interview, I was informed that I was a finalist (one of three candidates). Both candidates were older and had more experience. After hearing that I wasn’t sure how to feel, but I knew I had to trust God on this one. I continued praying: ‘your will be done.’”
I am now the new teacher, head girl’s basketball coach, and assistant athletic director at [a local] High School,” states Camille Buckley, “I’m blessed and humbled to have such a great opportunity.”
“God is Good!”
Sometimes we have to move backgrounds to move forward. Use your time wisely in your slow season. We have to realize that each season is a stepping stone to the next. When we are faithful in each moment, we are able to build our relationship with God and grow as people.
Are you in your waiting season? Be encouraged by Camille Buckley’s journey, and learn from her choices. Remember: God can make a way, even when there is no way.