As a leader from youth camp, coming home and returning to work was very difficult. My company moved locations while I was away and the rest of the staff was attending a tradeshow. I had to manage the organization of the office space and warehouse, answer phones, process orders and payments, manage the warehouse staff, solve technology issues, and handle my personal job responsibilities. It was very difficult and took me to a place of really questioning where I was working. After a week of the chaos, the other staff returned and things in the office settled. However, I still felt challenged by my feelings toward my position.
On Friday, August 4, 2017 God spoke to me while I worked at my desk. He said, “You will have a new job by August 10, 2017.” I thought to myself, “Oh great! Yet another job change. In just 6 days? I’ll believe it when I see it”! I have worked at four different places in the last two years, one of them was a business that I started. It is a bit of an area of insecurity for me. The enemy loves to whisper in my ear, “You’re just another one of those millennials that can’t make up her mind. You aren’t reliable. You can’t get a decent job because don’t have a good work history.” All of these thoughts came flooding in, but again God spoke, “You will have a new job by August 10, 2017.”
As August 10th approached, I patiently waited for a miraculous email from a prospecting company or a call into my boss’s office to discuss my termination. I wanted to trust God indefinitely, but the idea just seemed a little crazy… a new job in just 6 days? I read God’s word, prayed, and tried to shut out the lies of the enemy while each day went by.
One of my consistent prayers over the last several weeks leading up to August 10th was for God to grant me vision and focus. I am highly creative, but struggle to pursue my business ideas and inventions. As soon as I would begin one, another idea would pop into my head and steal my attention. I was starting to get worn out by my idea manufacturing and just wanted to pursue something, anything. I was desperately asking God to sort through my inventions, incomplete business plans, and scribbled journal drawings to pinpoint what I should pursue.
On day 4 of my wait, during a long drive to the church for youth, God gave me focus. He sorted through my rolodex of ideas and landed in the manufacturing section to an idea I had generated over a year prior. He just said, “This one.” Immediately, all my other ideas seemed insignificant and I felt a surge of energy and focus to pursue just that one. I was ecstatic and could not wait to begin researching.
The next day, I felt an incredible sense of significance when I realized that every job I had up until this point was preparing me for the product I am supposed to create. Every position I had, everything I learned was all in preparation for something much greater. The enemy’s voice in my head was completely shut. “My God sent His angel and He shut the mouths of the lions.” Daniel 6:22
On “the day” August 10, 2017, I was plugging away at a report, anticipating the news of my new job with a renewed sense of peace. I knew that whatever job He had for me next was going to prepare me even further. It was in that peace that I began to daydream about the cool product I was going to start developing with God’s permission. Right then He spoke to me, “See I told you that you would have a new job by August 10th.” My mouth went agape. I was in complete awe. All the while I was thinking that God was going to give me a physical new job, but He gave me something so much greater! He gave me a “job”, a focus, a project. Something that I can work towards and develop. Something to help me focus and practice as a business person. Something that would do so much more for me than just another physical job.
“Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
In the wise words of my husband, Cody, “Anticipating what God is going to do is a big waste of time.” We can try to figure it out on our own, but all the while He is doing a great work in us and around us. His answers and plans for us are far greater than we could ever imagine…we just need to get out of the way.