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Planning and having a blueprint for what we wish to accomplish over a period of time is a part of our lives. In as much as we do plan, often times our plans don’t work as we would have wished. Things come up, unexpected occurrences and demands of life may cause our plans to fail.
Out of college, I had a blueprint, I had a plan like everyone else. I had hoped that all things will work out as I had planned. Reality check; I was naive to think that the real world of adulthood was a fanfare and a rosy road.
I failed to get the job of my dreams and what followed was a downward spiral of all my other dreams. I had hinged all my other dreams on this one dream of becoming a naval officer.
I thought I heard God say that’s the career path I want you to take. My disappointment became grieve, I recounted the hours I had spent, jogging at dawn, learning how to swim and reading about life at sea. I was confused, I asked God, why so many times. I felt He was silent or perhaps I couldn’t look past the disappointment to hear His voice.
I got a job as a retail assistant at a mall. While I worked there, I kept tabs on the recruitment process and for the next two years, I applied two more times and was denied twice more. At this point, I gave up on that dream. I set my focus straight and ready to find a new career path. I am still on that journey at the moment.
Through the disappointment and the setbacks, one thing was clear, I purposed in my heart to flourish wherever God had planted me for that season. I knew where I wanted to be. I could percieve it within the scope of my vision yet I knew I didn’t have control over the outcome or when exactly it will happen. With that said, I am not advocating that you do nothing. Pray, have a plan inspired by God and then ask for His grace to proceed.
We only have today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guaranteed so I choose to serve the season. Its hard not to think about tomorrow and its okay if you do. In fact its good to have plans. What is not good is to worry about how the plans will come to manifestation. If the plans become obsessions so much so you are willing to compromise on moral standards to achieve them, then there is a problem.
In every season, God is at work. He never sleeps or takes a break on affairs pertaining to your life, because He loves you so much. God will take care of His children always. Its just that we are impatient and we wish everything to happen instantly.
Dear friend, you may have heard this over and over, ‘Patience is a Virtue’. It almost sounds like a cliche now. Its like the card that motivational speakers or pastors pull out to encourage people when they are in hard times. If you will however see it in the light of the Word of God, you will see that it is very true. In Galatians 5:22-23,patience is a fruit of the Spirit.
I want to encourage you today, be patient while you wait. You can’t control time, you can’t change the outcome by being agitated. God will do what He will do. He is in control of what we can’t control. Take charge of what is in front of you, that which you can control and then do your best. Whatever you have to do as service in the season, do it with all of your heart and with all diligence.
Don’t despise the season and approach it with apathy. If you have a job that’s not your dream job, its still your job so give it your best. I know how it feels to be in a job you don’t like but I have learnt that as long as what I am doing is legal, and is influencing someone or a group positively, I will give it my very best and seek the glory of God even through that job. God calls His children to excellence, so we can’t afford to live a life of mediocrity.
I am always inspired by the life of Joseph and how he approached all the issues in his life. In every situation, wherever he was, he served diligently, in Portipher’s house, in prison, and in the palace. And we see time and time again, that the LORD always showed him favor. He excelled in whatever he did because he was diligent in service.
Like Joseph I am learning in every season, to give my all, to give my best as much as I can with hope and assurance in my heart that He who has promised is faithful and He will accomplish what He has promised.
While you wait, serve with diligence, integrity and purity. Don’t compromise and don’t settle. Pray for guidance and discernment. Study more of God’s Word and draw inspiration from the saints who have run the race. God is able to bless us abundantly so that in all things, at all times, having all we need, we will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Don’t give up, God is not done with you Dear friend, serve the season and watch God bless you!
We are Kingdom Men and we serve the King!