Do you plan out your days, weeks, and months? Do you plan out your whole life leaving no room for God’s plan for you? These seem to be something we do no matter our intentions. But at times, it can feel like there’s a door that looks so appealing to walk through. Some times, it’s a door you’re supposed to walk through but at the right timing. It’s opened but only by a crack so that you can see what’s on the other side. What’s on that other side you ask? An opportunity to have joy, marriage, that dream home. For me, it’s a job. But there’s a chain that has this door locked so you can’t open it any farther and there’s no way for you to get to that other side. This was my life the last three years. For three years, I looked through this cracked, chained door.
Of course there was the thought of God having something better planned. I allowed for that possibility by knocking on other doors that looked like they were ready to be opened, ones that I was better qualified to go through. Deep down, I knew that I loved this office, the people in it and I was comfortable. I was shown this opportunity and it was the challenge I felt ready for next. I would have conversations with people throughout the day but not constantly, I wouldn’t have to do the same task day in and day out. Best of all, I wouldn’t have to feel like I was doing work that I was overqualified for.
I was thankful for that opportunity because of the time in my life that it was presented to me. I was given a chance when I had no experience, but when you learn as quickly as I do, you quickly become too experienced to continue doing that job. So for three years, a position with multiple openings was applied for every time it opened up. I stayed persistent despite my impatience and slowly failing hope in getting it. In this time of waiting, I was given more responsibility in that role I felt stuck in since my boss was so supportive in me moving on but knew that they weren’t ready to hire me. She gave me every opportunity she could think of to keep me busy, happy, and to prepare me for the stress the new job would bring if I ever got it.
All that paid off. My praying, my struggle, my persistence and my knocking finally opened that door. I received the job this past October, and I am already flourishing more than expected. The moral of the story is that this could have been a wrong job for me. This door may have not have been mine to open. I needed to be okay with that concept. Can I say for sure that I was okay with that possible outcome? No. I was deeply upset every time an email came into my inbox saying that I didn’t get the job. I would like to think I could have stepped up to the plate and taken a final rejection like an all-star but the other opportunities weren’t looking promising either.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
This is one of my favorites. It’s definitely one that is used quite often but considering the anxiety people go through when thinking about the fact that we don’t know how our lives will turn out, I’m glad it’s over recited. I’m glad that God can reassure us that His plan is good.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all yours ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Sometimes God’s plan for us is already set on our heart. He wants us to desire to do His will. What do you feel is God’s plan for you? Have you prayed about it? Do you seek His will everyday?
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