See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
- Isaiah 43:19
Have you ever felt stumped with where God is taking you or where He has called you? I have run into this sensation recently, questioning God (funny enough) of where He has placed me in my career post-college, as if I was the one calling the shots. I began to feel a bit disheartened and confused on what this next stage of my life would look like.
A few months after graduating college, I was so anxious of what job position I would have or potential job offers due to the specific niche of my degrees. As a result, I decided to pursue a certification in a different career path to help ease the tension I felt with my career choices. I started carving my own path instead of waiting on God to see what next step He had for me. I felt that if I obtained this certification, it would open so many more doors and that I would have to worry less about having little to zero job offers. Although this deemed to be true, I realized that God ultimately has the final say. The same doors that opened for new job opportunities closed faster than they had opened. I was baffled and could not comprehend that God was calling me to a period of rest and abiding in Him for the next steps.
The period of waiting that I underwent reminded me a lot of what the Israelites endured while being taken to the Promised Land. The Israelites took what God meant for a short period and turned it into a 40-year journey! The Israelites began reminiscing on where they once were instead of focusing on the promises God vowed to them. Rather than flourishing and embracing the journey that they were being guided towards the Promised Land, they complained of their current situation because they could not see where God was taking them. They wished they could go back to their previous enslaved life in Egypt because it was what they were comfortable and familiar with. Have you ever experienced this in the face of change? Although my period of waiting was not as gruesome or lengthy timewise as the Israelites had endured, I had to learn to wait on God to illuminate the next step in my journey.
I’ll be honest, I still struggle with this idea, and I have to constantly remind myself that God has placed me where I am now for a purpose. Rest in knowing that God’s got you. He has not forgotten about you and can use your detour as a step into the next stage of your life.
1. Reflect on periods in your life where you have attempted to take control in your own life and the reasoning behind it.
2. How can I learn to rest and abide in God?
God, thank You for this stage of my life. Allow me to see the beauty of where You have placed me and to live day-by-day. Help me to flourish in
knowing that anything You have planned for me is far better than what I could image or create on my own. Thank You for all of Your blessings in my life. Amen.
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