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Sowing and Reaping the Harvest!
You Reap What You Sow
It was Friday on January 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm that I was called into my boss’s office and told that I was being “let go.” Words most people dread hearing but in this particular instance I was rejoicing. I had been working for the company for several months and found that all was not as it appeared. To be brutally honest, I was miserable and I had been praying for months to be delivered. In my eyes, God was answering my prayers.
The month before God had given me specific instructions in preparation unbeknownst to me for that which was to come. I had received a large lump sum of money in December and He led me to pay all of my bills up two months in advance. So, I was set for the four weeks it would take for unemployment to kick in. He also told me to apply for my tax refund as soon as possible so that I could take that money and apply it to my bills as well. Again, I obeyed His prompting and paid up my bills so that any money that I received could then be put toward gas, food and the daily necessities.
I immediately started looking for a job because I wanted to do my due diligence even as I trusted Him to move on my behalf. Daily, I prayed and applied. Knowing that He had the job for me but not knowing where, when or how. I trusted Him.
I was very excited to be offered a job via a friend’s referral. I didn’t pray before saying “yes” thinking it had to be God. After all, He had to have laid it on my friend’s heart to get me hired without jumping through the normal hoops. As the day went on I couldn’t get a peace about the job. I did finally decide to ask God and I felt that this was not the way He desired for me to go even so I was hesitant to turn it down. He reminded me what I had asked Him for and none of that which I desired was encompassed in the position. I was being very specific in my prayers … a certain pay, flexibility, full-benefits and vacation time. The job I accepted had none of the things which I had petitioned Him to receive. I called for prayer and my Pastor said, “Wait.” My daughter said, “Mommie, just wait God has something AWESOME for you.” The word says in the multitude of counsel there is wisdom. I called my friend and the woman who hired me telling them that I had chosen to go another route. A step of faith that from the outside seemed foolish and ridiculous but God says that the foolish things confound the wise. I would wait on Him.
Even so, when another opportunity came … I again, in my fear and flesh … said “Yes.” It was a sales job not to mention commission only … I was really not in my right mind! I am not a sales person nor do I know anything about it. In my fear, I was being foolish. And then, God in His mercy intervened. I believe that He said, “Enough! Let me show you Daughter that I am not a man that I should lie nor the Son of Man that I repent.” Numbers 23:19 I am so blessed that He didn't allow my foolishness to block the blessing that He had in store for me.
Friday, March 2, 2012 I get a call from a dear friend who is a prayer warrior … “I have a job for you ... call me.” So I did, I called and what she told me made my heart leap with anticipation! The next day I had a phone interview with my prospective employer another dear friend that I had served in ministry with off and on for many years. The job was everything that I had prayed for and so much more … Best of all, it encompassed the opportunity to work in ministry. This was a secret desire that only He knew was in my heart! God comes for your words and I had just told a friend that day I would love to work in the ministry full-time if given the opportunity.
The most amazing part of all is how it happened ... it was a case of mistaken identity and reaping a seed sown all rolled into one … NOW, that can ONLY be God! You see, my friends from the ministry thought that they saw me on the road somewhere and it wasn’t me. That encounter triggered the remembrance that they had heard I needed a job. They needed someone to do administrative type of work which is my area of expertise. So, you guessed it … they hired yours truly but that is not the part that still flabbergasts me.
Over eight years ago, my friend and now boss had just moved here with his family. At the time, I was co-leading a small group out of my home. My boss reminded me that our small group sowed into his family who had very little because they were in transition. To be honest, I had no recollection of the encounter but he put it to me this way … “Dawn, you may have no remembrance of it but God never forgets and neither did we. “
It says in Galatians 6:7-9 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
I have to give Him PRAISE because the Word is true and it never returns void as it says in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! Delight in Him and He will give you the secret desires of your heart! ABBA, I give you all of the Honor, Glory and Praise!