I recently started a second job. My first job as a nanny has become drastically part-time since the new school year has begun, and to be honest, I was really looking forward to being lazy and only working that very short period of time each day. I imagined doing P90X every morning to finally get rid of this last 15 pounds that has stuck around for the past 7 months, having a clean house every day, working on Hope Mommies outreach, getting all of the grocery shopping done for the week and cooking a healthy meal each night. I was going to use this time for what I wanted to do. But, since I typically like to have a Plan B, I filled out a couple of job applications here and there, and even went to an interview once.
As the summer progressed, I let these opportunities slip away.
You see, I felt like God was telling me to hold off. We had just wrapped up the summer bible study on discerning God's voice, and I was really, really into being quiet in my morning time with Him and instead of praying about all of my troubles, I was simply just sitting quietly, listening for Him. I felt Him say He had something big for me to do and I didn't need to fill up my days with a second job. I didn't hear His voice, I felt His voice.
Now some might say (myself included), "oh, it was just wishful thinking because you really, really wanted to be lazy and not get a second job." Well, maybe that was part of it, the human side of me. Maybe it was, but I really don't think so. Not this time. I know that the devil loves to sabotage wherever he can, and he often uses shame and guilt to achieve his destruction. And because of this, I would regain control of my thoughts and tell myself, No, I felt His voice. Then I would say, God if you really want me to have a second job, bless it or block it. Literally have it fall into my lap with a big neon, flashing sign.
And it did…
After a phone call that pretty much broke my heart in a couple of different ways, I realized that the plan I thought God was setting before me did not look like the way I had pictured it. And this is not anything new. The plan I had for Jaxon was not the plan God had for him. I literally hung up the phone, realizing crap I'll need another job. Not even 5 minutes had passed before I saw it- the big neon, flashing sign.
Immediately, I checked my email to calm down a bit, and a new message caught my eye. The email read something like "Hey Michelle, we were wondering if you were still interested in working here with us?!? If you are, email or call me back and we will get started on some paperwork!"
What I had pictured for my "free time" was not God's picture.
And He sure revealed that to me.