I wanted to go back in time a bit and share how I got here, how I learned to Rest in His Plan for my life. For the last 7 years I have been working in Marketing for Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas. I loved my job, but felt convicted that the Lord had other plans for me. I kept praying Psalm 25:4-5 over my circumstances.
My days became consumed with everything but Jesus. I was stressed and exhausted and didn’t feel like I was a good steward of everything God had given me. I decided in July of 2022 to leave Walmart, a very stable job, become my own boss, and pursue writing in a new way.
The last six months have been some of the hardest for me to walk through. I have learned to depend on Jesus in a completely different way. I have had to focus on Jesus as the sole provider in my life. When working for other companies, I could always put Jesus in the co-pilot seat and let my job provide for me.
My success and my paycheck were dependent on “my work.” I lost sight of the work Jesus was doing in my life. Now that I have been on my own for nearly half a year, I can confidently say it is NOTHING I imagined.
When you rest in Him, in Jehovah Jireh, “The Lord Who Provides”, sometimes there is more uncertainty in our worldly circumstances, yet more confidence in His purpose over our life.
There is more uncertainty yet more confidence than I’ve ever experienced. I’m uncertain how bills will get paid or where my next job will come from, but I’m more confident than ever of God’s will and His hand in my life.
Sometimes it takes us surrendering it all and giving it all to Jesus to comprehend how Sovereign He is in our life.
God’s plans aren’t always clear, and they aren’t always direct, but we can be confident that God’s ways are always for our good. We can rest in Him! It’s imperative that we press into Jesus as we make plans and allow God’s purpose to be our foundation and that His purpose will be fulfilled. I’m not going to lie to you; there have been moments of doubt and stress. It hasn’t been easy, nor does it look like it will be in the near future. However, when we walk through those moments of the desert or times when we lack direction or focus, remind yourself to focus on Jesus.
Let us people be a people that focus up, not out. Don’t let the culture distract you, rely on God and the truths He gave us in His word to encourage you. It might not be simple, but it will most definitely be worth it.
How can I pray for you? What are you walking through right now that you need prayer over? You may need more focus or are walking through something and feel like you have blinders on. Remember, you aren’t alone!