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.
For whatever reason, it has been suggested that a cat wants to be a lion. Yes, you heard right, a cat is tired of its current feline status and wants a change. But from how we view actual cats, I am sure any cat is fine with its makeup. I will go out on a limb and infer that when Smokey and Sprinkles approach a mirror, they are quite in love with their own unique beauty. In fact, Zoo Miami expert, Ron Magill, says that most animals are unaware of their own size. So Smokey is content when he struts his stuff. Yet, the world’s wisdom wants us to believe, subtly, that to be important or to have an impact, you as God made you, are insufficient. The world says, you can be great, all you have to do is turn into something that is impossibly out of your range. Sounds like self-help that has gone out of its mind. Why should we try to be something God never created us to be?
Listen, this is not to give us an excuse to not push ourselves. We need to test our talents, abilities, and strengths to the max. But it is our strengths, not someone else’s strength. A cat will do well against mice in the city; but it is a safe bet it has little chance of overcoming a wildebeest in the planes. Yet, the message we are presented is we need to be something out of our range to have success.
Now, this may come off as self-help but lets get higher. If you allow me to go Sunday morning quickly, Psalm 119:73 states, “Your hands created me and made me what I am. Help me understand so that I may learn Your commandments.” We are who we are. The Lord made us the way we are. Often times, we may think we lack what other people have to be successful. But God has given us what we need. And truth be told, the little thing we think we have, is greater than what the world perceives as grand (1 Corinthians 1:25-31). God takes our smallness and elevates us, not to better ourselves, but to, as Pastor Marvin Winans so eloquently put it, “to make us His”. God wants us to be His, just as He made us. Rest assured He will stir up the treasures we have on the inside of us, as He teaches us His ways. He will lead us to good success and He will make us beautiful in His time. So be a cool cat. Look to God first and His righteousness, then when we look in the mirror, we can appreciate that our purr is powerful.