At the beginning of last year, I boldly declared that 2018 was my “year of faith.” I could sense God would be making adjustments and steering me in a different direction. Sure enough, God began to withdraw me from my comfort zones and make clear His plans for my life.
One of those plans was leaving the classroom. Sooner or later I will make a more detailed post about what this entailed and the purpose behind it. But not today 🙂 In short, I resigned from teaching, and I had nothing lined up. However, I felt excited and hopeful. I had a child-like curiosity that looked forward to the journey ahead. Though the human side of me wondered how God would provide.
I stayed in prayer, and God opened specific doors with only my name written on them. I experienced divine favor during the time I wasn’t traditionally employed. God gave me wisdom and creative ideas to generate income. I never had to use any of the money in my savings, I didn’t miss a meal, and all of my expenses were paid. In fact, with freelance writing and editing alone, I doubled my earnings.
I fell in love with being fully self-employed and the freedom that came along with it. And although I believe I will experience it again one day, God was saying to me, “Not yet.” Soon, I was employed again. I can honestly say this is the best job I’ve ever had and I love what I do. God is so faithful; He provided for me when I didn’t have a traditional job and then He blessed with a job I couldn’t have imagined to pray for.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place in life or you have no idea how things will work out, listen, God’s got you! He has infinite resources. Our Savior will provide whatever it is you need; a job, finances, favor, a home, a vehicle, or any spiritual need you have. He will not allow you to be without. Be confident that God will take care of you. When life looks confusing and unclear, His promises can be trusted.
I gained so much clarity in 2018. The time that I was “unemployed” were some of the best months of my life. I will always cherish those moments and the things God taught me in that season. Have you ever walked blindly by faith? What was your experience? Comment below!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Matthew 6:25-26 NIV