Here we go again—another issue... another challenge... another closed door... I started questioning whether I really heard God’s voice when He told me to leave my corporate job of 7 years where I was rapidly climbing the ladder of success, had the CFO coaching me on becoming a VP, made a NICE salary with AMAZING benefits, and had co-workers who I absolutely adored. Granted, I did experience problems, but that comes with the territory, right?
Since God instructed me to leave all that behind and enhance my own nonprofit that I founded 3 years ago, surely THIS journey would be a piece of cake, right? He wouldn’t take me from greatness to mediocrity, right?
I expected my transition to be smooth with minimal setbacks. I expected God to send me a building, equipment, vehicles, and personnel within a few months because I obeyed him. What He did, however, was allow the people who always volunteered to help my nonprofit be too busy to help me. He allowed everything and everyone I once relied on to be removed from me. He placed me in a season of isolation where there was no one but me, myself, and I. He started giving me business ideas to implement. I was so confused that I didn’t do anything with those business ideas for months. I mean, God, you told me to build my nonprofit, not start 2 other businesses! This is not how I imagined things going.
The most difficult part of this continuous journey hasn’t been the journey itself, but my perspective of how I feel things SHOULD be versus how they’re actually playing out. One thing I’m learning is that I have to have faith not just in a crisis, but all the time. The Bible says, “And the just shall LIVE by faith,” so that means walking in faith is something I have to do all the time. Regardless of how things crumble around me, I must be so grounded in Christ that I’m not phased by what I see. I’m only moved by the Word and promises of God because I already know the outcome—I WIN. I had to trust that God’s plan was bigger and greater than I knew and I just had to walk in the calling and anointing that’s been placed on my life.
I have started to see God’s hand shift. Doors of opportunity started opening and networking partnerships began to flourish. Businesses started asking questions about my consulting company. An attorney from California, whom I have never met, sought me out to be on The Board for a national organization he started 4 years ago. He said he’s been watching my growth and needs my expertise on his team. My businesses are gaining major momentum. Had I been disobedient and stayed at my old job, NONE of these opportunities would have presented themselves.
I said all that to say it’s all about alignment. When we submit ourselves to God—not just with our words, but with our actions, thoughts, and desires—we free his hands to move on our behalf. We reap the reward of trusting and obeying Him. When we murmur, complain, and try to do things in our own strength and might, God sits back and allows us to do it and receive the consequences of our work.
I challenge you to free yourself of your own thoughts and walk in the freedom of knowing that if God instructed you to do it, he will make the provisions, partnerships, and all things align in HIS perfect timing, when he knows you’re ready. We have to get out of our own way, remove the thoughts of how things SHOULD play, and simply submit to the perfect plan of God through the good, bad, and the ugly. At the end of the day, as difficult as it may be sometimes, God rewards our CONSISTENT obedience to him and his word through it all. Be blessed
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