The Message (MSG)
10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Recently there have been several difficult changes in my life. My boss passed away and we received a new owner where I work. I feel as though I have lost an entire family just to gain a new set of strangers in my life. I am still struggling with the separation from my husband of 19 years. My kids are growing up so fast and with my son moved out and my daughter a camp these past two weeks, I have a taste of empty nest syndrome, and I dislike it.
As my job seems not to fit me so much any more, I am beginning to seek God out more and more, finding answers which just honestly scare me a bit. I feel my destination in this life is more than being a restaurant manager. I have a call on my life to be a writer, speaker and a teen leader. Is it time for me to step into what God has called me to do? Am I ready to take the leap of faith that I need to? My friend has given me some material to read, which prompted me to start this blog, begin a website and finish writing my book. One of the books I read said the average job is 2 to 5 years, I have been at my current job for 25 years and it seems as though I have settled for where I am instead of living and doing my dream job.
A few months ago I attended a revival that lasted 52 days. I know it is a touchy subject for some, but God showed up in such a real way to me at this revival that I hunger for more of it. Tonight as I struggled to sort some things out in my recent events, a close friend of mine reminded me of the night we prayed to have the Holy Spirit “wreck” our lives during the revival. To give Him permission to change us in a way that we would be forever changed. Is this what is happening to me now? I get so excited about the prospect of writing full time and speaking to others about the ordeals of my testimony and offering the peace of God to many along the way.
Our Father in heaven, our Creator, knows the plans He has for our lives. Even though we may not understand through the struggles just exactly what is on the other side, we have to believe that He knows best. We have to trust Him to open the right doors and to light our path. We need to let Him use situations and people to teach us right from wrong. We need to seek Him out around every corner and trust in the revelation. We have to proclaim, “Daddy knows best!” even when everything around seems not to make any sense.
Are you going through unexplainable things right now? Children not following what you think is the right path? Stuck in a rut financially? Going to a dead-end job you dislike day after day? Going through a divorce? Whatever it is, step back for a minute and find God in it, earmark the place you are and ask God where you are going. Ask Him to direct your life and begin to fashion yourself into the image God sees you as. Yes it may take a giant leap and a tremendous amount of faith, but won’t it be worth it when you are doing the work you were designed to do and changing lives?