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.
Disclaimer: This piece is my personal observation, claims are subject to my personal experiences.
I have had the benefit of learning from a lot of different age groups. This experience has given me a bit of a broad view of my generation and the generation to follow. One thing that sticks out to me is the fact, this generation to follow…they are living a lot of what Romans 3:17 describes,“…and the way of peace they have not known.” Sadly in 2015, according to the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), the numbers echo this very same sentiment. Suicide in the age group of 15-24; 5,491 and 25-34; 6,947, both ranking number two in the cause of death in the United States. They really don’t know peace.
I’ve had conversations with many young adults in these age groups and the number one thing that sticks out to me, is they have no identity. They do not know who they are, what they want to be, or what God says about them. This “greasy grace” doctrine that allows for an almost freedom to sin and be a sinner, that seems to be flooding the airwaves does not help. In fact, it deliberately harms. Even worse, mainstream Christianity pushes it as if it is what the word says. In a day and age where influence is swayed by Instagram followers, Facebook shares, and Twitter retweets, there is no peace. So I ask this question; if the way of peace they have not known, isn’t it time someone stands for peace? Who will go for us?
I have first hand experience with this issue because I fit the age group and I have had thoughts that I was not worth enough to be here. It wasn’t until someone sensitive to the voice of God taught me how to hear what God says about me that I changed. So I leave with this thought: we need to establish in this generation their true worth.
Ref: National Institute of Mental Health