After 12 years of being at the same job, I made the decision to leave. It was terrifying and one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. I thought about the people with whom I’d worked and how those relationships might change. These were the people who nurtured me. They were people with whom I’d laughed and cried. They saw changes happen in me, both good and bad. This was my work family.
I had always loved where I worked, but found myself having frequent ethical disagreements with a new boss. I felt it to be the right time to make a change. I questioned each part of my reasons for leaving. Is this the right time? Will I be happier? What if the grass isn’t greener? I applied to a dozen jobs and did not receive a single response, until one morning, after another disagreement, I received an email job alert for an opening at Lutheran Social Ministries. I thought to myself, should I apply? Doubt crept in. I was afraid. The “what if’s” began to take over my thoughts. Then I remembered the Scripture passage: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:6–7).
So, I did it. This was an opportunity to work in an environment of my faith. This was the job that I had been waiting for. I applied right away. I received an alert within two hours asking for additional information. Although hopeful, I still had doubts. Was this an automated response? Two hours later, I received a call to schedule an interview. Several days later, I had my interview. The following morning, they offered me the position. This all happened within seven days of submitting my application. Yes, change leads to fear, but faith in our heavenly Father leads to peace!
If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor (Job 11:13–19).
What are your fears? How do those fears impact your decisions? How do you manage those fears? Are there Scripture passages that strengthen you to face your fears?
When I look back on this series of events, I realize that God knew what I was looking for. He always knows. He knows when we need Him, and He lovingly meets our needs. There is no need to be afraid. Change is difficult, but God always protects us. He knows the path that is best for us. I am confident He was present during my job change, and that He is present with me as I find my place to serve Him in this new job.
Lord, I thank You for comforting me with Your Word so that I could say, “Afraid? Of what?” Thank You for the continued reminders that You will guide me and lead me. Instill in me continued faith to know that You have chosen the right path for me, the path to salvation. Help me not stray from this path as I face change. Instill in me an understanding that it may take time, but You will work good in every circumstance. Thank You for always having us in Your heart. Amen.
Written by Alicia Starrett-Seidel
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