I have made it my current life's mission to loathe the fact that my career has become a lackluster depiction of shoulda, coulda, wouldas. I have complained about it to co-workers and even graced you all with a few words of how my path of obtaining a degree was a futile exercise in keeping up with the masses. To be honest with you, I have grown tired of hearing myself complain and whine about it. Frankly, I need rest and solace from these thoughts.
If you are as perceptive as I am, you have probably realized the title of this article has something to do with the will of God. You might be thinking, "where exactly does all this complaining fit in to the will of God.?" Great question! The answer is simple. It does not. The complaining is obviously due to the fact that I am apparently dissatisfied with whatever the will of God might be in this area of my life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18 clearly (like crystal clearly) states, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus for you." Right there in big bold clear New King James letters. The will of God.....for me (for all Christians actually). Be joyful. Always pray. Give thanks in EVERYTHING. I am quite sure this includes the current state of my career.
See, God has this uncanny ability to know things we don't know. (Go figure, right? sarcastically stated) I mean, we map out our lives and goals to a T; all without consulting God about it first, and have the nerve to be upset when those plans don't pan out....(many are the plan's in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails - Proverbs 19:21). Ah now, we don't like to hear that do we? We can plan, that is all fine and good, but any plan apart from God's will (His desire overall and for you) won't amount to anything.....it is vanity. If we are honest with ourselves, we try to strong arm God (you decreeing and declaring) into accepting our will over His and like to throw up the 'He will give me the desires of my heart' scripture in the mix (but conveniently forget about the delighting ourselves in Him part). GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT! The Lord doesn't owe you anything and isn't obligated to anything but His word.
Now this isn't a proven fact, but I believe God, in His mercy, frustrates the plans believers have apart from Him on purpose. Kind of like a protective measure hidden from us. For instance, my three year old is brand new this world. She thinks she knows everything and sincerely believes that is she climbs on the back of our couch and jumps off that she won't eventually fall and bust her head. She has purposed in her heart that this is what she is going to do and she works tirelessly to climb so she can jump (my child is a daredevil for sure). Just as she is about to go shoring in the air like Gabby Douglas on the uneven bars, mommy walks in and ruins all the fun. Usually she throws a fit, but I am satisfied with knowing my child's head will remain in tact for one more day. And yes, I am comparing us to three year olds, because it is fitting to how we trip out with God on some of the most nonsensical; non earth shattering mumbo jumbo down here.
So here is my declaration (and you can hold me to it): I will no longer place my career aspirations on a pedestal. I will make them subject to the will of God, which is far greater, more crucial and expedient. I will not worry or complain (this is a bold declaration for me) about what I think I should have, where I think I should be and where I am not. If I claim to serve God, I will believe His word and seek His will instead of mine. I am resolving to find out what God desires for me, not in just this area of my life, but in every area.
That's all I got for ya'll today....