I was told it wasn’t personal, yet I felt betrayed. A half-my-life-long career began slipping away. I struggled to hold on, digging my manicured nails into it as my feet dangled in the air. Daily stresses stomping on my fingers, I held my breath in fear of the plummet. How could this be happening to me? I was a valued Asst. V.P., right?
I knew God understood. He quieted my fears of failure; finances; change. We journeyed together as He showed me how prideful I had become in “my” successes. He showed me through His Word, true success isn’t measured by titles; fame; or fortune. True success and sound wisdom come to those who walk upright, who walk in His will not man’s; true success comes through trusting in Jesus.
Although I didn’t understand why it seemed like years of my life were wasted, I still trusted.
When the time came to let go, I didn’t walk out of those doors defeated, God lifted my head; and He will lift yours.
What I feared as the worst case scenario, turned out to be the best I could have hoped for. All those years were not wasted, those years were used to equip me to do greater things for His glory.
As old, squeaky doors closed, new and exciting doors opened. So if you’re striving for positions and titles remember this: We aren’t meant to use titles for prestige, we’re meant to use them to reach hearts.
Open doors and new opportunities are not available to us if we stay stuck in the past. It doesn’t matter what age we are, God can use all of it and God can use us.
So if you’re going through a trial…
- Trust in God. He has a plan for you, and it’s better than your plan could ever hope to be. Don’t give up, He hasn’t given up on you.
- Hope in God. Christ in us is the hope of glory. We aren’t alone, ever.
- Pray in Faith. Prayer changes things. Don’t fear change, because staying the same bears no fruit. Faith is key, and it grows. Jesus prayed, and He is our perfect example.
God uses our trials to move us into triumph.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
How has Jesus silenced your fears?