Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you? Maybe you won’t say it with your mouth, but you have had thoughts creep into your head here and there. You think about friends and family and it seems like they’ve had their prayers answered, they’ve got it all. But there you are, struggling to smile, forcing to get yourself out of bed and be there for your spouse, or kids, or even yourself.
I want you to know you are not alone. Years ago I found myself jobless, facing homelessness, and about to become a single mother. The pain and pressure I was under seemed unbearable. In an effort to find employment and better my and my daughter’s future, I made a decision to move to another state and start all over. There I was with no immediate family around and no best pals around. I felt like I was on my own, alone, figuring it out all by myself. A couple of months after I had gotten there, I thought I needed to turn around and try to go back. A gal I met sat me down and asked me to wait just a bit. She asked me if I had ever heard of an organization called World Vision. I had never heard of this place before, but I applied online anyhow. Within weeks I was hired. It was after the fact that I researched World Vision and realized that it is one of the largest non-profit relief organizations in the world. God knew just what He was doing!
The first day of training, our trainer opened up with prayer. She then began to tell the new hired team that it was no coincidence we were hired. “God handpicks people to be here,” she said. They receive hundreds of applications weekly just to work in their call center. I thought perhaps she was being a little zealous, I soon realized she was right. Part of the training is to become aware of the needs around the world. Each day a new world unfolded in front of me as I learned of the desperation for things I had an abundance of like food and water. I learned that many people die from things we in America never do, like diarrhea. I also learned how women are treated in developing countries, and how dangerous it is to be a woman and a mother.
As the days went by in that training class, I knew God was speaking to me. He was telling me that I didn’t have it as bad as I thought I did. He was showing me that I was blessed so that I could bless others. I wasn’t a lost cause or alone. He showed me how I could help other women, other mothers, and people in far greater need than I was by being a voice for them in that call center. He gave me purpose in a time when I felt like I had lost my purpose.
My 4 years working for World Vision were some of the most blessed years of my life. God sent co-workers who turned into lifelong friends to come along side me and love me through my journey. Every Wednesday I was blessed to hear the word of God at work Chapel. Every day I stepped foot at work I saw the hand of God on my life, and I knew I had not been forgotten. God did more than answer my prayers to help me; He renewed my hope in Him.
Sometimes you pray and prepare yourself for a journey you feel sure of, and then a bomb goes off, demolishing the road in front of you. Although you stand there shell shocked, God is not surprised, scared, or worried. He knows the path He has for you. He’s also not a man to lie to you and whisper sweet nothings in your ear and make you wander around lost. He’ll provide for you in ways you never even thought of. I remember my old pastor telling the congregation, “God plus nothing equals everything.” I came to learn from experience just what that means. So here I am telling you, that you are not a lost cause, God is not finished with you, He has not left you or forgotten you. Instead of listening to negative thoughts telling you you’re done, He wants to tell you this; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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