“I am sorry Ms. Shelton, but we went with another candidate. We do not wish to offer you the position at this time.” Excuse me?! I was baffled. I just knew that this was the job that God had placed in my life and that it would be mine. However, God had a different plan and I felt that He did not give me the memo. Many times that’s our problem–thinking that God has to notify us of His plans.
For those of you who do not know me, I am the type of person that at any given time may have at least 2 -3 jobs at once. This job I was anticipating on getting would have been another full-time job on top of the full-time and part-time ones I already have. Now I know you are thinking that would have been impossible to pull off. However, in my mind I had convinced myself that I could do all three because of the flexibility of my other jobs.
In retrospect, I feel that God essentially saved me from myself. He saved me from stressing myself out, being overwhelmed and not having time to take out for me. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NIV) The Lord knew what was best for me. In my mind I could handle the job, but God knew differently.
Often times it is easy for us to thank God for all the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We praise Him for the new car, promotion, new job or perfect mate. The problem, however, is that we often react in a childlike manner when God tells us NO. Be just as thankful for the best things you never had. Thank God for that job that you did not get that would have taken you away from the time you get to spend with your family. Praise the Lord for the relationship you thought was destined for marriage, but He knew differently. We have to learn to be just as content with the NO answers that God gives us as the YES ones.
Thank You for allowing certain things and people not to manifest in our lives. We have to learn to lean on You and trust Your will for our lives instead of what we want. Please allow us to see that anything You do in our lives is for a reason even if we do not know what that may be. Thank You for proving to us time and time again that some things we thought we wanted or needed so bad were some of the best things that never happened in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, take a look back at all the things in your life that God said NO to. EMPOWER yourselves to trust in the Lord and not lean on your own understanding. Continue to learn from all the things that did not occur in your life and be thankful for the many amazing things that did.
Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license. Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults. She facilitates groups for single women as well as offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients. Sherita’s favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”