It’s been three years, and I find myself coincidentally sitting in the same coffee shop as I did when I wrote the article, “Your Harvest is in the Waiting.” A lot of changes have occurred – the biggest being a change in perspective. A lot of growth has taken place- the biggest growth being in my character. Isn’t it interesting how a certain atmosphere or setting can either free you or cripple you? That place for me was my workplace three years ago.  I was let go unexpectedly, which brought me shame and embarrassment. My boss didn’t see what I saw in myself. Or did she? I had an exit interview with her, and the only line I remember her saying is: “Do what it is you’re passionate about. I know this isn’t it.” I politely nodded, assured her I was okay, grabbed my things and left the building. What I couldn’t say to her then that I can say now is “Thank you!” 

She was right. I wasn’t passionate about the work I was doing. I knew that I wasn’t at my full potential, but I held onto it because I thought it would eventually provide what I was looking for. Or what I thought I needed. Does this thought sound familiar to you? Maybe you stayed in a relationship, job, or other situation longer than you should have because you thought it would just “get better”? But any place where you overstay can become toxic.

You must know when to leave and move on. For me, it took the decision of someone else not giving me a choice to stay, and you know what? God knew I needed that. I wasn’t going to leave on my own so He provided me an out from something I wouldn’t do on my own.

Looking back, I can say 100% that being let go from my job was the best thing that could have happened to me. It gave me time and space to really press into God’s presence and ask Him what it is I can do for Him. And in that time, I found and re-discovered it. 

At that time, God told me to study the character of Joshua. He was a strong leader who led the Israelites into the Promised Land all the while tuned in to the voice of God, obeying His every word.  Through Joshua, God guided their transition from the wilderness to the Promised Land. 

So, if you’re in a transition period or just in a place where you don’t want to be, let me challenge you with these 3 mind shifts from the life of Joshua:

  1. Have a Willing Spirit

God wants to do a mighty work in us and through us, but we must be willing. Not only does God require our willingness but our obedience. You may not be the most eloquent speaker, the smartest person in the room, or the most outgoing individual; but if your spirit is willing, the Lord can do much! Regardless of the work environment you’re in or career you’ve chosen, with this spirit, you will see God move. 

Prayer Prompt:

Lord, I come to you now feeling weak and burnt out. I am choosing to lean on you for strength and joy during this time. I ask that you give me a willing spirit to do all that you’re calling me to do. I will choose to obey your voice, even if it’s through the unknown. I’m ready for all that you have. May my decisions reflect your goodness and give you all the glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Faithful in any Season

A wise mentor once told me that each job position I hold will teach me different lessons and prepare me for the next one – that in each one, character will be developed. Even in jobs that may not be the most rewarding or exciting, I truly believe there is a time for everything. There will be jobs where you might thrive and ones you may have to take day by day. Whatever the case, I want to challenge you to be faithful!  Joshua demonstrated this so well throughout His life. Faithfulness must take root in the small and mundane tasks in order for your life to reap a harvest. 

Prayer Prompt:

God, I want to worship you the best way I know how, and I know that comes from living a life unto you through obedience and faithfulness. Help me to have the endurance to finish the race strong that’s set before me. In any trial I face, I will choose to press on and to continually seek your face. Though this season may feel uneventful, I know you’re growing my character. Help me to see your hand in all of this! Make me more aware of your presence, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

3. Delight Yourself in the Lord

Psalms 37:4 says to “Take delight in the LORD!”

What does that mean, practically? It means finding joy in the person of Christ. As He reveals himself to you throughout your day, take delight in what He shows you. 

Take delight in the small things

The sparks of hope I send your way

For one day all the small flickers

Will turn into a wonderful display

Prayer Prompt:

Jesus, I am choosing right now to delight myself in you. Give me unspeakable joy! I believe you’re creating a masterpiece of my life and this season is all part of your plan. Help me to see the beautiful story it’s telling. I know it’s all for your purpose and for your namesake. I rest in the fact that I don’t need to strive for perfection, but that you are equipping me for all that you’ve called me to. My delight is found in you. Thank you for all that you’re doing and all that you’ve done in my life. I bless your name, Jesus. Amen.

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What transitions and uncertainties are you walking through right now?  

How can you have a willing spirit, remain faithful no matter the circumstance, and delight yourself in the Lord right now?  

Katelyn Motsinger
Katelyn Motsinger

Katelyn loves expressing herself through writing, speaking and singing. Currently working as a paralegal, she has an innate passion for justice and bringing people together. She desires to see people experience the true love of Christ as the Church lives boldly and unashamed. For more of her writings, check out her blog www.underthecanopyonline.com

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