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“PEOPLE SETTLE FOR A LEVEL OF DESPAIR THEY CAN TOLERATE AND CALL IT HAPPINESS” – SØREN KIERKEGAARD


About a year ago something new started really stirring in my heart. I knew exactly what the Lord was calling me to do next, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen so I began to pray. For eleven months I prayed the Lord would open doors in order for me to step into this new season, and as of February 28th, 2020 I get to!

After ten years of employment at the institution that hired me immediately after graduation, I am leaving.

In January 2019 when I began to feel the Lord dealing with my heart about leaving I assumed a new opportunity would open up somewhere. I assumed I would see a job posting, apply, be selected for the job, and move on from my current season.

I assumed I would have all the answers, but that’s not what happened.

In November my boss set up a meeting out of the blue with me. On my drive to his office I began to pray. My spirit didn’t feel great about the meeting, but there was no reason for me to be concerned. I remember walking up the steps to his office building and the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, “your season is getting ready to change”, and I immediately I experienced the peace that surpasses all understanding.

I left that meeting feeling confused, and hurt.

Why am I telling you all that? Well, I am convinced that sometimes God allows things that break us, confuse us, and hurt us to give us the courage and perspective to obediently step out in faith, particularly when the next right step doesn’t necessarily make sense.

For the next few weeks my husband and I talked frequently about what we needed to do next. On the drive home from Thanksgiving we decided that I would stay in my position for a year, but in my quiet time I still felt that still, small voice calling me to something new. I finally prayed that if leaving my job was truly the next right thing that the Lord would also speak it to my husband. I wasn’t willing to make a huge decision that would affect us both without his support.

The very next week while sitting on the couch after work Kyle looked at me and said, “it’s time for you to leave your job.”

I told him that I’d prayed that if this was what God was calling me to next that He would let Kyle know. We both experienced such peace and marveled at the faithfulness of God. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also scary because we don’t know what the next step is. We obediently took a step out in faith, and we are confident that God will give us the next step in His perfect timing.

Every day, we face a huge question: Do we trust God to do in His own timing what only he can do?

The truth is, the job I’ve been in for a decade was supposed to be temporary. It was supposed to be a year at most until I could step into something different, so the decade of waiting for a more purposeful career has been tough. I didn’t handle the whole season of waiting well, and I’ve realized that in waiting for 10 years I lost sight of God in it all. I began working and striving to gain “success”, always trying to move up, always trying to prove my worth and value via a title that never came.

In the way this season’s end has come about I’ve realized that God never put his favor on my striving because it wasn’t His best for me. I attempted to gain success in the way the world defines success, and God graciously withheld that success because it wasn’t good and it wasn’t His best. My heart has always desired to be obedient to Him, to be connected to doing His will on this earth.

God is showing me the real desire of my heart is to be fruitful, not successful.

I am recalibrating my heart to Him. Instead of finding my identity and purpose in a title or job description, my identity is found in my Creator. The gift of fruitfulness and purpose is more satisfying than any title. The peace of surrendering my will to His is more productive than striving to create something on my own.

I realized all the things I was striving to gain don’t matter.

I’ve been striving to gain success and the One who created me has been gracious enough to make me slow down, take a step out in faith, and listen to what He has to say about me.

In this season we are trading the known for the unknown; the predictable for the unpredictable; comfort for the uncomfortable; the certain for the uncertain; the explainable for the unexplainable. In this season we are trusting God instead of ourselves and I CANNOT WAIT to see what He does.

In the meantime, I’ll be trusting the Lord to open a door only he can in His timing. We are trusting Him to be exactly who He says He is: Provider, Sustainer, Creator, Good Father.

Taking a step out in faith not knowing what exactly comes next just opens up the whole world of possibility. I’m looking forward to the next step! <3

Meredith

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