Through the good and bad, I can honestly say that I'm thankful for every season in my life. I'm truly learning that when we are doing the will of God, He graces us through every season.
Several months ago I was really going through a really trying season. I was battling whether or not I wanted to continue to stay on the east coast. I knew God spoke to my heart eight years ago to move to New York City through my job, but in my perspective I had served my time and it was time to move onto something new. One thing about me, I have never been afraid to pack my bags and go-- on the accord that The Lord gives me the green light. However, a few months ago I really didn't want to seek God on the matter, I wanted to do my own thing.
So, what did I do? I quite my job, packed a couple of suitcases with my clothes, kept my apartment on the east coast, and took a job in Houston, Texas. I didn't tell anyone my plans except for a few people. I was so excited about this job because I had always wanted to work for this particular hospital, and besides that I would be closer to my family. I honestly thought I was a little homesick. I missed the comfort and relaxation that the south brings. Hands down, it's no place like the south; the food, hospitality, cost of living, and so much more cannot be compared. But there was just one thing about the "comfort" that I wanted: God told me not to leave. A few days prior to me packing up my car and driving to Texas for 24 hours by myself, The Lord said "Be still". I battled with "be still" up until the time I got to Mississippi! I mean I literally felt something wanting to turn my car around to head me back to New Jersey! But, I kept moving! Besides, I was already half way to my destination, and it surely didn't make sense for me to waste gas at this point. But how many of you know that all of what I just said means NOTHING to God when it comes to us obeying Him. He would have rather seen me turn around willingly. I remember getting off work one day and The Lord told me "Bridgett, if you stay here, naturally what's going to happen is that your career in the medical field is going to skyrocket, however that is not my only plan for what I have prepared for you." When I heard that, I knew The Lord was right, but I felt as though I was split right down the middle with wanting to do God's Will, and what I had missed out on when I left Texas eight years ago, and that was my family and friends. Now many of people would totally argue this, and yes we can do what we want to do. But God can only work with a malleable heart that's receptive to Him...
One day I came back to New York to check on my place and to attend church, and after service I ended up talking to a dear friend at my church, Sheniece. I don't know how or when it happened, but our friendship has grown like crazy in the last several months over a simple yet complex topic, makeup! I mean, this girl has really been a helping hand, and a strength that I was in need of. One thing that I appreciate about individuals who are really your friend: They will tell you the truth without compromise. God knew what He was doing when He set up our friendship because just like Balaam(read Numbers chapter 22 verses 1-35 in the bible), when we don't listen to the voice of God He has to speak instruction through someone else that is(italicized) listening to Him. I remember Sheniece saying to me one day "Bridgett I don't know, and ultimately God gives you a free will, but don't miss your season." When she said that I knew that it was God. Everything in me knew that I was, and am currently in a particular season that is loaded with nothing but GOODNESS. Just like any season; seasons come and go, and they never come and go the same way that they did before. The same goes with blessings. A lot of our blessings are concealed in open windows of opportunities that won't stay open forever. We must seize our blessings in the season or "open window" that they are available.
Now after hearing that, my heart was in position to hear God. A couple weeks into embracing April, I flew back to New York again. this time when God spoke to me I obeyed His voice. I was sitting in church service again on a sunday, and as I was just worshiping God I heard Him say to me, "make this week your last week working in Texas." Now that instruction surely didn't involve a two week notice, but I knew that I had to do what He said. My mind was made up to walk in faith. Trust and believe that the decision was not easy because I was giving up a position that was GREAT! However, God never let's something that seems great to outshine His best for our lives! So what happened? My flight was set to leave New YorkTuesday morning at 5 a.m., and that Monday morning I got a call from a company in New York out of the blue who was looking to fill a position at an Ivy League school. The catch was that I had to interview that Tuesday, which was the same day I was already scheduled to leave to go back to Texas! The school was looking for someone to start work that following Monday, so I interviewed that Tuesday and got the job on Wednesday! God had totally set me up just that fast! He never ceases to amaze me.
Know that God never creates tests so that we fail in faith. God creates test so that we GROW in faith! May you pass every test so that you can obtain all of what God has for you!