When God Sends You a Clear Message
Sometimes I think I am not very smart when it comes to reading God's messages to me. In fact, I sometimes ask Him to "bop me on the head" with what He wants me to do, and the plans He has for my life. Maybe you can read his messages more clearly than I can?
Today I received possibly the clearest message I have ever received from God. I am still a bit in shock, so I decided to write about it now because it was such a strong message.
A Brief Work History
For most of my life, I have wanted to be a freelance writer. But due to parental persuasion, I chose social work as my field to study when I went to college. My Dad didn't think I could make a career of writing and wanted something with more of a solid career possibility. I was a social worker for a long time, then a stay at home mom, then a substitute teacher. If you have read any of my other articles here on HubPages, you already know about my entrepreneurial dreams and how I have longed to work from home, even now that my children are grown. So I won't bore you with any of that history. Feel free to read some of my other articles here on HubPages if you would like more on my work history.
My daughter was a junior in college when my husband and I moved from New England to Georgia two years ago. I had already started selling items on eBay to get rid of the clutter and earn a little money on it before we moved. I figured there was no use bringing all of that stuff we didn't need with us to Georgia. I started doing fairly well on eBay and decided to make that one of my two main sources of income in my new state, the other being freelance writing. And so I have done both for the past two years.
I LOVE selling on eBay. In December 2015, I heard about a series of courses one could take from eBay University. If you paid a fee of $169, you could learn all about selling on eBay for beginners and have materials including a PowerPoint presentation and student handouts to share with your students. There was also a portal you could use online to announce upcoming classes you were going to teach, and students could sign up right there. The classes were designed to be between four and six hours, and the teacher could charge whatever they wanted. I looked online at different classes that were being offered in various parts of the country, and they ranged anywhere from $29 to $350 ( private class). I got excited about the possibility of teaching eBay classes. After all, I used to teach coupon classes in my home state of Connecticut and really enjoyed that. I liked helping other people save money. eBay classes would allow me to help people learn to earn money, from home to boot. At the time I was reading about this, I still had college tuition to pay, and it was during the holidays so I was determined to take this class to teach it as soon as I could afford it.
My Daughter Graduated
Spring semester recently ended for my daughter, and she was done with college. No more college tuition. That was quite a relief. I was finally able to afford the first class without the monthly college tuition bills breathing down my neck. I looked at the calendar to see what worked well and decided after my daughter's college graduation I would take the class. She graduated on June 10th, but things came up, so I promised myself I would take the class by the end of June. I ended up having appointments every day this week, so decided that I would clear my whole calendar for Thursday, June 30th so that I could take the class. I even prayed a few times that I would take the class and get at least the minimum passing grade of 80, so I could teach the course myself. At the end of the prayer, I always added,"If that's what you want for my life Lord.". Well, I am stunned at the answer I got today. Apparently, that is NOT what God wanted for my life!
Ready to Take the Course
This morning I readied my work area to take this course. I organized things so I could concentrate and they wouldn't be distracting me. I took a shower and got changed into comfortable clothing. I made a nice cup of herbal tea to drink in case I needed some hydration. And I went to the eBay University area of the eBay website. It took me a while to find it. Then I read that the directions which included the words, To take a class from eBay University, click the "sign up now" link in the at the upper right of this page. Funny though, there was no such link on my page. I kept searching the site and a few minutes later, found another page that told me to click here if I wanted to take a class. I clicked the link and was shocked at what I saw there....
The page started with a letter to instructors. The first line of this letter is as follows:
"It is with deep regret that we announce the termination of the eBay Education Specialist Program as of June 30, 2016."
HUH? How could this be? The very day I chose to take the class is the very day the program ended???
The letter goes on to explain that if instructors already have scheduled classes, they can only use the material for those classes and that as of December 31st can no longer use any of those materials or the eBay Specialist name.
Getting Stopped in my Tracks
WOW, that stopped me in my tracks. I am shocked and disappointed. I can't believe this was effective today, the day I was going to take the class. I am very goal oriented, and I had planned for this class to be the next step in my home business plan. I was going to use the class and materials and credentials to add another stream of income to my work from home earnings plan. What do I do now? I am stunned and really have no idea. At no other time in my life have I been sent such a strong message from God. This was clearly a "bop on the head" like I have been asking for.
My Next Move
I don't know what to do now. Because I am still a bit in shock over this, I think I will just sit on it awhile. I can still shop at thrift stores and sell my treasures on eBay. And I can continue my freelance writing. But those two combined are not providing the income I need at the moment. I have a funny feeling I am supposed to be writing more...but I don't know for sure what HE wants. I will let things sit for awhile and mull them over. And hopefully, shortly, God will bop me on the head again. They say God never closes a door without opening a window. I wonder what my window will be?
Has this ever happened to you? Can you think of a time in your life when God has sent you a very clear message? Have you written a hub or article about it? Hopefully, I can provide an update on this when I figure out what God does really want for my life.
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