I’ve been reflecting on my life a lot lately, and it feels good to recognize that I’m at peace. It’s not perfect. There are questions that are still waiting for answers, but I trust God. I know he has a plan, and I’m confident that he’ll show me what to do next as I continue to seek him and grow closer to him.
We’re a few weeks into Financial Peace University, and so much has changed since it started! I left my job after the first week, which threatened to discourage me until I realized that I asked God to change my situation.
The last few months of work were rough because I dreaded being in my office. I loved most of the people I saw each day, but there were things happening behind the scenes that made it difficult to be there. I didn’t want quit without knowing how God felt about it, so I asked him. I asked God to either change the situation or to do something to remove me from it. When I left I realized that God was answering my prayers, and I’m still waiting to see what else he has in store for me.
While I don’t know the extent of my next steps, I do know that he is actively providing everything I need. I know that the opportunities in front of me challenge me and excite me. I also know that I don’t need more things to be happy. I’m content with what I have, which is something that I haven’t been able to say honestly until the last couple of years.
Paul talks about contentment in Philippians 4:
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Paul knew that the secret to facing uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) circumstances was trusting Jesus. He knew that God would supply every need according to his standard, and that realization makes me feel content as well.
Being content has also made it possible for me to save money, which makes life less stressful. I was late to the game in money management, but it feels pretty good to control my money instead of letting it control me. (Thank you, Jesus and my accountant husband.)
I knew that things would have to change when I asked God to radically adjust my circumstances, and I also know that he will continue to honor my desire to completely surrender my finances to him. There’s a lot of comfort in that even in the face of change and uncertainty.
When I look around my home I see everything that I need, and I’m thankful for all of the comforts surrounding me. I’m thankful for this season of change too because I’m back in school and finally almost finished. I’m also working on some cool projects that will further my career, and I’m spending a lot of time with Jesus.
Right now I’m in three small groups, and each of them requires me to spend time reading and studying to get the most out of them. They all offer me a chance to grow closer to God, which is what I want more than anything.
Change is constant, but so is God. He has already given me more than I could have ever imagined, and I know he’s not done yet.
Have you ever been thankful for a season of change? If so, will you share it with us?