There was a lot of whispering around the water cooler. My supervisor was a candidate for Vice President of the department. Many asked, “Was she qualified?” Others thought, “There has never been a woman in this position before,” and “Is she even suitable for the task?” Although there were at least four other candidates, she was chosen to carry the torch of Vice President. Never had I been so proud of my boss of three years. My coworkers and I had a big celebration dinner filled with joy and plenty of gifts to honor her new-found success. Finally, her hard work had paid off and she was headed for bigger and better things.
After the initial excitement died down, I was hit with the news that there would now be a few more additional changes. Although the promotion was a wonderful achievement, I never considered that I would no longer report to my fearless leader. As she moved up the corporate ladder, there was now a new vacancy in the department and things were about to shift. Her current position needed to be filled and I needed a new supervisor.
There was again a lot of whispering around the water cooler. “Who would be the candidate for the new position?” “Would that person be as qualified as my last supervisor?” and “Is this person going to be suitable for the task?” Many candidates began to come into the office. With each interview, anxiety began to build and an unseen dark cloud began to fill the atmosphere. My work environment was encompassed with a state of worry and fear of the unknown. Finally, a new candidate was hired and things began to change.
Through this experience, I realized three things: God is sovereign, change is inevitable and worry and fear is the absence of faith and trust. I often wonder why God sometimes never fully discloses the stipulations of his blessings. For example, even when there is a promotion, we often lose things in the process in order to grow. As God takes us to higher heights and deeper depths, we may lose some friends along the way and may have to endure a lot of negative “whispers” and our faith may be challenged. We may feel uncomfortable at times, but we cannot let fear overtake our hearts, because even though our situation may transform, there is a time and season for every change and this too shall pass.
We must fully trust God that our outcome will be in our favor and even when we go through the process of not knowing the future, there should be a reassurance that God is in control. God encourages us in the book of Deuteronomy 31:6 to “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He also reminds us in 1 Peter 5:7, to “Cast all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.” God is with us, through the journey of moving into the blessings He has prepared for us. He is with us when people speak words filled with questions of doubt and uncertainty and He is with us through the midst of change. Leave the unknown results to God, and never fear the outcome of moving forward.
The word passion has been in my head for quite some time. Why? At my age, I am fine. I have a good job, healthy family, money in the bank. I am content. I went down that passionate road many times pursuing dreams, but ended up with disappointment or lost my desire.
Go away passion. Life it good!
Last month, we went on vacation to the West Coast to visit family. One day, we were driving down the 10 freeway in Phoenix and I just could not keep my eyes away from the mountains surrounding us. In awe of the desert’s beauty, I was mesmerized by the height of these mountains. I thought to myself, could I climb that mountain to the top? Or what about that one? While daydreaming about my inner quest, the word PASSION popped in my head. I continued to gaze in silence while pondering the word passion.
“To climb to the top, that is passion. Passion is growing, loving and pursuing Me with all your heart.”
Well, God speaks on vacations!
Passion is a God-given desire that compels us to make a difference in the world. Our passion may be a dream, vision, burden or call. When there is a passion for God, there is a passion to know Him, to obey Him, to serve Him and to proclaim Him. That is all well and very true. Like most, I have many passions.
You could probably create a similar list of passions that capture your attention and activities that fill your free time. As I look at my list, I am struck by the fact that these are all temporal pleasures. As much as I love going to the gym and cooking healthy meals, I know there is something more important and permanent. God is calling us deeper, which is a passion for Him. Passion is the only prerequisite for an abundant spiritual life.
There is no right or wrong passion. God gives each of us passions in order to move us to address the various concerns of His heart. When we pursue our passion, or the concerns He places in our heart, we are focused and motivated. We feel alive, intense, and energetic. We were created for more of Jesus, not just once a week at church. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion.
If you imagine climbing a mountain, you have a passion to make it to the top. Although, it can be hard at times and weary. A passion for God is to pursue the knowledge of Him, understanding of Him and deepen your love for Him. We know this will take a lifetime. However, challenge yourself! Renew your strength and run to God. Continue your passion for God. To abide in Him is to hang on tenaciously. It is for eternity.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”