Recently my life had an unexpected result come about and it brought my level of reflection to new heights. I had found out about a new opportunity for a job change and it was directly up my line of work, and fit my passions extremely well. Never losing sight of my goal, I prepped hard for this job, and yet, I found I had been removed from the program with no explanation. This was something that shocked, hurt, and deeply confused me.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand — Proverbs 19:21
For weeks prior I had been praying for success in this selection. When it finally came time for the selection process, I continued to pray each day and night, reminding God of just how badly I wanted it, yet it still did not come to pass.
My Fox Hole …
I could have crawled into a hole, mentally and emotionally; however, instead of becoming heavily distraught and lost, I continued to pray and ask the Lord “What is next for me?”. I had the dream in sight, then within reach. Yet, still, it simply did not go my way. This is why I turned to Proverbs to find comfort. Many were the plans in the mind of this man, but it was the purpose of the Lord that shall stand.
The truth is we have to keep our eyes on God and our hearts centered on His will. We should stand firm in the faith, never losing sight of what God has planned for us – no matter how bad we wanted whatever it was to happen – TO HAPPEN!
Often times we think what we want is what should happen in our lives. Am I saying what we want does not matter? Absolutely not. We are human and we are allowed to have wants and desires. God even says in his Word that if we put our trust in Him, He will grant us the desires of our hearts. It’s just that, sometimes, what we want falls in line with the Lord’s will and from that moment on we start to think that ALL things we want will work out that way. Instead of asking God “Why God, why?”, we need to thank Him for caring enough to have a different plan for us, and we need to continue to pray.
Ah, Now I See …
I gave myself time to think about the opportunity I had just lost. It’s important to give yourself time to reflect in those moments. I tried to keep my head up and to thank God for getting me out of whatever would have happened had that road opened up for me. After returning home, I looked at possible reasons as to why I am meant to stay where I am at. I felt relief and happiness when I realized I am better set, not only for myself, but for my wife and both of our careers. The amount of opportunities before us now are plentiful and promising in many ways. I was blind, but now I see. The Lord has given me sight and shown me what His will is — His good and perfect will.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Pick Up Your Cross …
We very seldom get upset when a small event in our life doesn’t go our way. If we do, it fades away rather quickly. Maybe you didn’t get that gift you asked for or maybe you didn’t get invited to a friend’s wedding. Maybe you didn’t get that bonus you were hoping for, but the next day still rolls around. Things just go back to normal and you realize everything is going to be okay. Then, there are the events that tend to stick with us longer and that have a lasting effect on our lives: divorce, not getting a job, getting the job but then losing it, or even worse, the lost of a loved one. Though these events are the most upsetting, and even facing them may seem impossible, we have to keep sight of what is before us. Walking alone is not the only path.
The Lord is there to carry us through no matter what circumstances unfold. Even though, oftentimes, want to be left alone in moments like these, if we turn to His word and in our hearts look toward Heaven, we can see His face and feel His presence. He is Jehovah Jireh — our Provider. If we come to Him in prayer and supplication, making our requests known unto Him, he will give us abundantly, exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine.