God Led To A New Job
Much of the time with God, once a situation or set of circumstances have served their purpose, God tends to move you on having completed his work. And in many ways, I just needed to leave that old job environment to have a fresh start in my working life. But I’d been with that company for quite some time, it’s what I knew and what I felt comfortable with. God had other plans though and a few months after the ‘praying for your enemy incident,’ God opened a door to a new job. It was a work that wouldn’t have been my first choice and, I knew nothing about that particular trade, so I had to make sure that this was God.
I stressed, paced the house and generally had a good argument with myself. It did bother me though, much had changed in those first years and I really wanted things just to settle down. I grabbed a chat with a friend who happened to be a pastor and I told him all about it. Being the straight-shooting experienced Christian, he’d picked up on a bigger problem and instead of giving me job advice, he began to prod me, to see where I was with being free in Jesus Christ. At that moment, he was overcome with the spirit, and he simply said, “Steven, you’re free to do what you want.”
This really caught me by surprise, I just wanted some work advice but underneath, he actually was. I’d become so wound up, always wanting to do God’s will and running every decision by him, that I’d becoming trapped. But, my mate was right, my mindset toward God was far too extreme and instead of living free and having life in abundance, I was just in my head all the time, analyzing and stressing. I didn’t realize that God wanted me to be completely free, so that he could quietly guide me through these decisions, instead of me banging his door with endless prayers.
In the end, I began my new job in town and it took a few months for me to settle in. But when I did, I was surrounded by great workmates, amazing customers and the thing I missed the most, a good laugh. It was a brilliant few years and I couldn’t help but marvel at God. He knew this was a job I would never have picked, but he had, and it was perfect for us.