By Brenda Newhaus / Photo by Hannah Trussell
Joe Shellhammer was a seeker. He was sure that illusive, perfect job was just an interview away. Joe taught high school science but was always looking for a better situation. During the summer of 2010, he took on a part-time position at Wichita State University, which eventually led to a full-time professorship. But even that didn’t seem to be the ultimate job for him.
Joe and his wife, Valerie, live in Cheney and attend Pathway Church at the Goddard Campus. Their three college-aged children join them there, while living in Wichita and attending WSU. The Goddard location gives them the opportunity to meet for church on the weekends. They love the convenience and the size of the Goddard congregation. Joe calls it a “good fit” for their family.
After processing God’s answer to his prayer, Joe began to experience contentment like never before. His attitude was better at work and he was much more serious about his teaching position. And, most importantly to him, he saw what his newfound contentment did for his wife. She had anxiously watched him go from job to job. Now she shared in his contentment and peace that came with God’s answer of “no” to Joe’s prayer.
“I can’t wait to go to work every morning,” Joe says. It’s something he’s never felt before. Joe Shellhammer and his family are thankful that God doesn’t always answer our prayers with “yes.” Sometimes, His “no” is the best answer.