After spending eight weeks in Atlanta, I knew that it was not God’s will for me to be there. He was calling me home to Houston. There is still work for me to do in this city. Until that work is complete, I am not allowed to leave. My heart is here, so is my passion. I’m connected to a church filled with hope and believers and that pushes me to be the best person, the best follower of Christ, and the best example of Love I can be.
The position I thought I would have when I returned to Houston did not work out. I was jobless. Immediately, I began to search for other positions but wasn’t having any luck. After about nine days without any connections, interviews, or call-backs, I’d begun to worry. My flesh began to question God: “Lord, did you really bring me back, or was it fear?” “Is it time to change careers?” “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Those were my prayers.
Worry began to creep its ugly head in. My income stopped, but my expenses had not. Because my career is in Education, I worried I’d started the job hunt too late and I would not have a position until the following year; at least one that I would be happy in.
It was the second Monday after I’d returned to Houston. In the midst of my worry, I began texting my brother. We chatting about my situation and I asked him to pray for me. I spend most of my time encouraging others, but in that moment, I was the one needing some encouragement. I read Deuteronomy 31:8, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” After reading that, I knew God’s message was clear. I needed to trust Him. I needed to put my faith in action.
Because I know God is a good God who doesn’t lie, a God who cannot break His promises, I had to put His word before him. I wrote on my website that same day that God would provide me with a position by the Friday of that same week. I didn’t know how He would do it or when He would do it, but it was my job to believe that He would. I learned a long time ago that putting one’s prayers in writing is calling it into the universe. Romans 4:17 says, “…call things that are not, as though they were.” And that’s what I was doing in my declaration.
Within 48 hours, I had two job offers – both great positions. Laughing about it with a friend-in-Christ, I said that sometimes we ask God for just one thing, and he shows out by giving us an overflow; more than we could ask or desire. That’s the God we serve. My friend brought me back to a familiar scripture in Jeremiah 29:11. Quickly, I was reminded that God is a good God. His plans are to prosper us. He will never put more on us than we can bear. He goes before us and straightens out the crooked places.
There was a message I heard from Pastor John Gray where he said obedience is a form of worship. I believe that my obedience to God’s request to come home was a sacrifice of praise and worship. God honored my obedience by blessing me with a great position, and an opportunity to continue to grow my skills and knowledge in the field of education, and to make new connections.
Ask yourselves what area of your life is God calling on for some obedience? What areas of your life does your faith need to be tested in? Like me, maybe you have already submitted to God’s will and become obedient in an area(s) of your life, and you’re waiting on God to respond. Let my experience be an example that God is a faithful and a just God. He honors obedience. He honors your faith in action. Keep going. Keep moving.
“God, thank you for giving me the courage to be obedient. Lord, although I may not understand your ways, I know that your plans for me are for good, to prosper me, and to give me hope and a future. Thank you for going ahead of me, making my crooked places straight, and my rough paths smooth. Thank you for opening the right doors, and closing the wrong doors. Continue to do good works in me, allowing your Holy Light to shine through me and reach others to draw them near to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”