These last few months have been really challenging for me when it comes to my job. In 2010 I was promoted to a job that was actually close to my home and a job that was ‘right up my alley’ so to speak. The job came with a great boss and a great co-worker. It was work heaven!!!!! I was so grateful to God, as I had walked many a difficult way to get there. I felt it was a reward for all my hard work and dedication to all the other jobs I had before. It was a significant moment for me, as I had entered this organization as a clerical assistant and worked my way up.
How many of you know that God will dry up the water brook, like he did with his prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17: 1-7)? And when that water brook in my life dried up, did it dry up!
For the last six months I have practically been living out of a box – as I have to keep moving from one place to the next. I am travelling from one end of the country to the next. It has been a wow moment (in time) for me.
I have been exposed to so many different issues that I looked back and realize how ‘good’ I had it before. I had an opportunity to say no to all this difficulty and go back to my safe zone two weeks ago. And I really wanted to say “no” to staying and such a huge resounding “yes” to going back to my previous job. But I have learnt to inquire of God before I make decisions in my life now (having been burnt for bad decision-making without Him in the past). Well would you know before I could get to the asking part of it – a really good friend of mine sends me this long email as God had spoken to her and in essence she said – God’s Word over you will prosper everywhere He sends you?!
I couldn’t say a word! And, if you know me at all, you would realize it takes a lot to make me speechless! Oh would I have just loved to hear I could leave. But here God was telling me to stay because this is where He needed me to be.
I honestly struggled with it. Almost everything about staying was tough – the hours, the travelling, the expense, being in a strange environment with new people and so much more. Yet this is what God was asking me to do. I took a deep breath, knowing that God is in control of my life and said a very quiet yes to Him. Then I let my current boss know that I would stay. It’s been tough and I’ve had my moments. But I trust God sees what I don’t. And, I know He is able to take care of me, no matter what situation comes my way.
If you are having moments (in time) like this or just ones that truly take your breath away and you feel God has forgotten you or you feel there will never be an end to your situation or you see no reason for you to be or stay in the situation. I leave God’s word with you as an encouragement today:
Gen 39:2,3 But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand.
5……the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the Lord’s blessing was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison. 22 And the warden of the prison committed to Joseph’s care all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatsoever was done there, he was in charge of it. 23 The prison warden paid no attention to anything that was in [Joseph’s] charge, for the Lord was with him and made whatever he did to prosper.
Proverbs 16:7 says: When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Keep trusting in the Lord to make your path clear and to be with you and prosper you no matter where you are today.
May His grace be sufficient now and always, Amen.
That I may know Him and the power of the Cross. I’m learning more and more to trust that God has my best interests at heart and that everything He does is for purpose and by design. I encourage you to get to know Him, it has been the most exciting journey so far for me, I’m sure it will be the same for you!