Perhaps one of the oldest proverbs we learn in life.
Of course initially it had to be explained to me. When I was very young and heard this statement, my brain processed it literally. Oh well, thank God for gaining wisdom and understanding.
The new year of 2014 arrived and I found myself reflecting. The start of a new year seems to have this effect on me - assess where I am, where am I going, what do I want, am I doing what I want to be doing, am I doing what I SHOULD be doing? I am getting off track here, but perhaps another blog at another time.
And with the new year, at work we are in the midst of those wonderful annual evaluations. A friend of mine recently had to search for another job. At our age undertaking a job search is something that can be so overwhelming and humbling. For one thing, the potential interviewer might be someone young enough to be our grandchild.
Nevertheless she stepped out there and got a position. Made me very proud, gave be encouragement.
Guess who decided to test the waters?
I dusted off the resume and updated it and put it out there for the public to see. I received quite a number of contacts. I was flattered. I interviewed. I met for coffee.
Once I returned to work from those interviews, I realized how thankful I was for my current job. And to top it all off, my annual evaluation led to a promotion for me!! Total surprise.
We as humans should seek to stretch ourselves and to grow and to step out on faith. At the same time we should be mindful of the Creator's plan for our lives. And to learn our destiny we should constantly and continuously ask for that plan to be revealed. Don't sit and wait though, keep moving forward. Your steps will be ordered. Listen to that still small voice because that is your questions being answered.
Perhaps you are to remain on the side of the fence that you are on currently. Going through the interviews and meeting for coffee helped me gain perspective of the 'grass' of my current position. And at the end of the day, my job is and pretty much always has been just perfect for me. And I reached this thought prior to the promotion!! It came five days later.
I honestly believe that where I am currently in life right now is where I am to be.
Perspective applies to more than just the job, of course. Take a step back and look at other areas of your life that you might be questioning - am I in the right relationship? Am I pursuing the right course of study? Am I making the right decisions in how I handle my finances? Most importantly do not compare your situations to someone else's situations. Be willing to objectively view areas of your life with both a positive and negative eye. Most of all ask the Creator for guidance and be patient with yourself and the process. The answers will be revealed, trust me.
And each day I continue to ask for wisdom,. Each day I ask for my life's plan to be revealed. Each day I ask for my steps to be ordered. Each day I ask for patience.
And each day I keep my ears open for that still small voice.