Over half way through the year of 2020 and we continue in this season of uncertainty. The fear of all the unknowns about the future creeps into our minds to the point it often times paralyzes us. Most are wondering what their careers will look like in the next year, some are debating to rearrange their wedding plans, and others are feeling discouraged about what they thought God had placed in their hearts to do during this year.
If this is you, believe that you’re not alone and trust that there is a purpose in the waiting season.
Working in the barbering industry as a woman for the past nine years for me has been a gift in ways that I never saw coming. Honestly, my intention of earning my Cosmetology license was to work with women and help them feel and look beautiful, but instead, God had other plans. While my career was still in the beauty industry, not only did God blessed me with a talent for the art of men’s hair and beards, He also gifted me with a passion to listen and interact with all of the men that sat on my chair. As years went by and my work location had changed twice, I noticed God was also changing me and my vision for my career as well.
While I had no intention to become self-employed at the time, God opened the door for me in 2015 after four years of working in a beauty salon. My mind was filled with thoughts of perhaps none of my clients following me and failure was something I feared the most. Five years into being on my own, I now see why God had moved me twice. Being able to make my own schedule and have intentional one-on-one conversations with each client has been a huge gift for my personal development and spiritual growth, but especially to be able to pursue my passion for writing as well. Don’t get me wrong though, there were many times I wanted to quit barbering, yet God continued to refuel my passion for this career and even open new doors of opportunities right when I felt like quitting.
I know that right now things might look different for you than what you have planned for yourself, but don’t waste the waiting. There’s a purpose in every season of our lives and as long as God doesn’t ask us to move from where we are, we need to lean into His word every day and seek wisdom in ways we can apply them in our current season and place. While our circumstances or surroundings might remain the same, God is always in the business of changing us for what He has planned for us in the future.
If God placed a dream or desire in you, trust that He will provide the way for you at the right time. But for now, we’re called to trust Him in the waiting as we continue to grow in our charecter and possibly even letting go of the “control” we thought we had over our own lives.
“We make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.The Lord has made everything for His own purposes,..”~Proverbs 16:1-4 NLT Version
In doing God’s will, there must be partnership between our efforts and God’s control. He wants us to use our minds, to seek advice of others, and to plan. Nevertheless, the results are up to Him. Planning, then, helps us act God’s way. As we live for Him, we must ask for guidance as we plan, and then act on our plans as we trust Him.
Before putting your plan into action, it might be helpful to ask:
1). Is this plan in line with God’s truth?
2). Will it work under real-life conditions?
3). Does my attitude towards this plan please God?
4). What are my intentions for this project, idea, or proposal?
Honestly, I don’t know how much longer God will have me in this barbering career, but what I do know is that I can trust Him and the new motivation and desires He places in my heart as I lean on Him. Sometimes it might be hard to see the big picture or big idea, but we can trust that the Lord will reveal what He wants us to see one moment at a time.