I’m not sure if you’ve experienced what I have lately, but after nearly a year of praying for one thing in particular, God answered my prayer.
While I am joyful and thankful, my prayer request, if answered, means a lot of life-changing things for me. Now that it’s been answered, I have admittedly wondered, “Uhh, God, can I actually do this?”
Over the past year, I have definitely wondered if God was just choosing to not answer me or if He had something so much bigger planned for me, and I just needed to be patient. Thankfully He was just asking me to be patient and trust in my period of waiting.
What I’m experiencing now, however, is that my patience and trust in Him aren’t things I need to cast to the side, now that He has answered my prayer.
In fact, I need more patience (with myself) and trust (in Him) that I will be able to do what He has called me to do to the best of my abilities.
This career change will not be one that I will be able to do in my own strength. For the first year especially I will need to rely heavily on Him as my source of strength and really, all of the above.
Yesterday at church, our guest preacher told us about an experienced evangelist and theologian who used to put “I can’t, God can” on banners all over his hotel rooms, wherever he traveled.
This was the reminder I needed as I have admittedly felt the stress of making a career change at a big time.
With my own strength, knowledge and abilities, I would stumble and not meet the mark. However, with God on my side, I’m fully confident that I am a conqueror and co-heir in Christ.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom. 8:17).
I say all this to encourage you wherever you are, whether that is in a period of waiting, a period of prayers answered or even harder, a period of being told “not your will but My will be done.” Stay fervent in your prayers and have faith that God is working His Will according together for your good.