Saturday, July 07, 2007

Season of Promotion

I've been sharing a bit of what I have been "growing" through lately. Without going into a lot of detail that just isn't necessary I have hit a glass ceiling that up until a few weeks ago I knew existed- but had never hit personally.

Well, glass or no glass, ceiling or not, I really feel in my spirit that I am breaking through it. Things are meshing, they are coming together and the Word of the Lord is becoming clearer than ever.

To top it all off, on the exact same day that I hit the proverbial "glass ceiling" in my "ministry life," I was delivered the news that the account I had been hired to facilitate at my secular job had been cancelled. An hour later my mother (in Florida, 1000 miles away)shared with me that my dad had been dealing with tremendous amounts of pain due to a back injury and she was literally taking care of him, working full time, and packing up my grandmother's house so it could be put on the market when she moves into an assisted living facility due to the onset of Alzheimer's. I REALLY wanted to hop on a plane and head down there but there was no way I could.

By the end of the day I was feeling lousy! I felt as if I couldn't be a success at anything- my ministry, my secular job, or as a daughter! That only lasted a few hours. Yeah, after I cried and whined and complained to the Lord He gave me a scripture.

Romans, chapter 4 talks about Abraham coming to terms with the fact that he was old and his wife had a barren womb- yet he did not allow the "issues of life" to dictate whether or not the PROMISE of God would come to pass!

Romans 4:20-21"Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." (NIV)

The Lord dropped this right in my heart! Since then I have felt like Mary Tyler Moore standing in the middle of that great big city and throwing up her hat bellowing, "I'm gonna make it after all!"

Since I have made up my mind that I refuse to "waver through unbelief," several things have started to happen.

1.) In ministry-a door has been opened, and a "green light" has been given to me to pursue part of my true heart's desire. I believe that it will open doors so I will experience the FULLNESS of my destiny and desire in HIM.
2.) My dad is doing better. He was able to visit us here in Chicago and participate in several outings and activities. He even skipped down a block with two of my daughters! (It WAS a sight to see!)
3.) I was offered a new position at my workplace. And it is not a lateral one- it is a promotion. I'll be making quite a bit more and will be able to utilize more of my skills and abilities and acquire some new ones!

Although my true desire is to work in full time ministry again (it is my heart to work alongside my husband as a team as we've always done)- I know that God is in this promotion. I've always said that the natural mirrors the spirit realm and I believe that is the case here too! God is moving and I am learning to just get out of the way and let Him!

I came across a quote I had typed up and printed out some time ago that really spoke to me. I don't know the author- but it wasn't me. Anyway- I'd like to share it:

"Don't let people, problems, or the pain of your past pause your present, punish your person, prison your potential, or paralyze your progress!"

This quote is going to be a theme for me! I do believe this is a season of promotion in EVERY area of my life and I don't want to miss any part of it!

2 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

"God is moving and I am learning to just get out of the way and let Him!"

That's what He always wants us to do isn't it? And it's so hard!!! because WE want to do it and make it happen and when we do we end up with an Ismael, just like Abraham did!!
Susan

Pastor L said...

I agree 100%!!! By the way, I love your picture, although it makes me a bit homesick (I used to work in the IDS building - I entered those very doors that Mary is standing in front of every day!!).