A few summers ago, I was offered a position at a promising company. After two weeks, though, I was absolutely heartbroken. I could tell that the company and position were a terrible fit for me. I was deflated and upset, and I felt like my career had come to a screeching halt. Because I didn’t know what to do, I decided to pray about my career and this new job. I felt like the only answer was to leave. I wasn’t sure how God would help me move on, but I was certain that this was what He was planning.
Despite my certainty, God had other plans in store. I continued working in that position, with no end in sight. I struggled to see a purpose to my time there and felt discouraged. But after several months in this position, I finally realized what I had been doing all this time. I had been outlining, bossing God around, when I thought I had been trusting Him. It seemed that every prayer of mine sounded something like: “I’m so grateful for . . . but, please, get me out of here.” I knew I had to change the way I thought about my job and my purpose.
Although I trusted that God had a plan for my future, I forgot to trust that God also had a plan for my today. I knew God had a right place for me somewhere, but I hadn’t yet figured out that I was already in my right place. I realized that God’s plan does not just include my next position, but that it also included this one. I saw that I could be blessed by this experience and bless my co-workers.