When I turned 25-years-old, I was so excited. Yay, I'm a quarter-century old! But then I turned 26 and my life seemed to flash before my eyes.
Then I turned 27.
Wait, hold up, slooowww down time.
And now I'll be 29 this week.
What am I supposed to be doing with my life? That's the question that has often run through my mind since I turned 26.
I never wanted to be the person who people referred to as a jack of all trades. No offense, but I always thought those type of people were all over the place.
But when people ask me what I do for a living, I always struggle to answer that question. In this season of my life, I feel like I am that person that I never wanted to be—not specializing in any one thing.
Friends from college always ask me about my fashion company and are surprised when I tell them I'm no longer building it. And then comes the disappointed look on their faces followed by the question, "What are you doing now?"
What am I doing? Well, I'm waiting on God to show me what's next.
I thought fashion was going to be my life and so did everyone around me. They knew me as a go-getter who would make my dream come true by any means possible.
And I did.
But you see, that was the problem. When I was building my fashion company, people only saw me, not God.
How could I possibly use my company as a ministry if I was the one who was getting all the glory? I didn't leave any room for God to do God-sized things in my life.
So, for the last 3 years, I've been in "the waiting room". New ideas come to me every day, and the moment I begin to move forward on those ideas, God sits me back down.
My peace is completely disrupted, and I realize I'm doing it again. You know ... trying to jump ahead of God to make things happen sooner.
No one likes to wait, especially me 😒.
A few weeks ago, a random question popped into my mind ... why did God allow Satan to test Job? The Book of Job is a very interesting book in the Bible and one of my favorites.
Job is described as blameless—a man of complete integrity—who feared God and stayed away from evil. God allowed Satan to test Job because He knew he would remain faithful no matter what obstacles he encountered in his life.
In an instant, Job's children and all his wealth were taken from him. But, in Job 1:21 he said, "I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
When Job found out that everything was taken from him, he worshipped and praised the Lord. Can you imagine this? Your children are killed and your wealth is stripped from you, and after you find out, you get down on your knees and say, "Praise God!"
I don't know about you, but I might have some questions for God.
And if losing his family and wealth wasn't tragic enough, Job's health was taken away from him too, and he still praised the Lord. Now that's faith.
We don't know how long Job had to endure his waiting season, but we do know that Job remained faithful to the end. And although no one can replace family members who have passed away, God blessed him with everything he had before and more.
Job's friends and wife didn't understand why his life took a nosedive, but God had a plan for him—just as He has a plan you and me. People may look down on you, and you might even feel like you cannot endure any more but keep pushing forward.
The waiting room is kind of like college. You learn while you're there (hopefully), but you know that eventually, you'll graduate and move on to greater things.
From our human perspective, we might not understand why God allowed Satan to test Job. He said He was faithful. Couldn't He have just left Him alone?
God has a reason for everything that He does.
Millions of people around the world have been encouraged by Job's story and have come to know Christ because of it. We might not always understand God's ways, but we should always trust them because He sees the entire picture.
God knows what will happen today, tomorrow, and all the way to the end of time. We can't even find our keys when it's time to leave the house.
I know more than anyone that the wait can be frustrating at times but stay encouraged and productive. You are not alone! 🤗
Keep yourself busy by serving in ministry and helping others. Challenge yourself to spend more time with God than you've spent in the past—even if it's just an extra 5 minutes a day.
And always remain faithful to the end.
Let God mold you and teach you while you're waiting. The waiting season is only a season. It too will pass.
Who cares what the naysayers say!
You're supposed to be doing whatever God needs you to do. Ask Him, and He will show you daily.
Whether you're currently moving and shaking or sitting and waiting, trust God and take on the challenges of life one day at a time.
Diamonds aren't made overnight.
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!"
- Isaiah 30:18
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You were born to do great things. Wait on the Lord.