Life….*deep sigh* the thought that things would go as I intend…why didn’t anyone warn me?!? I mean, who doesn’t want to graduate college, find an amazing job in their field, meet the man of their dreams (who happens to play for the Chicago Bears), move out of their parent’s house and just live…(you know the saying), “happily ever after.” Welp, my bubble of that was popped two weeks before I graduated college when the company I interned with reneged on their offer to hire me. So, let’s fast-forward until June 25th, 2013 because that’s where this story really resumes…
Summer is hopefully near (it hasn’t quite come in Chicago), meaning the fat I stored up must go! After finishing an extensive work-out at my local gym, I grabbed my things and headed to the door. Once shuffling to the door, I lifted my head to see that it was POURING raining outside. I waited by the door for a moment when a man approached me.
“Are you waiting for a ride,” he asked
“Nope, just waiting on God to stop the rain,” I replied jokingly but serious.
“You may be waiting for awhile on that one,” he shot back.
“But I thought I was His favorite,” I said.
In final remarks he replied, “You better pop that hood up and get to walking!”
I looked around at the down pour and took the man’s advice. The SECOND I settled in my car the rain stopped! I looked up and said, “You must hate me.”
The following day, same thing! I was driving around with not a droplet of rain but when I was about to get out it started raining again! At this point, I just knew for sure 100% not only was I not God’s favorite but He must hate me…and my hair.
As I walked into Starbucks to work on some stuff, I ran into a woman. We chatted about the terrible weather lately, which turned into a three hour empowering conversation. I complained that I had been more than patient in waiting for God as I’ve been waiting on His promise for more than a year. She laughed saying, “Do you truly understand how long Abraham and Moses waited on promises? Good for you but keep being patient and trusting God.”
I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Leviticus 26:4 (NIV)
Once I got in my car and down the street it started raining, again. I smiled and thanked God for the down pour of blessings coming. While looking up at the rain falling down, I saw the sun peaking through the grey clouds. I smiled and realized my perception on life and situations must change in order for me to ever win at life and mind. Even though a part of me wants a supernatural blessing, I told God I wouldn’t mind staying in this season a little longer just to prove to Him that rather sun or rain there’ll always be a praise on my lips because He does enough!
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
I smile and I thank You! I love You so much because even when I’m being a brat and diva… and complaining about EVERY minute detail You have a way of breaking through the darkness and showing me the light. God, Your way is perfect and I’m not sure why I consistently forget that but Lord on today I give You fear and anxiety and I submit to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to change your sight…has it been raining in your life for awhile? Has someone told you to move when you know that God will clear your storm? Be confident! Stay there! Be patient! God has us all! Remember, God promised never to flood the earth again so you will never drown in your season. This rain will let up and you will see a rainbow!
When it’s raining do you see an inconvenience or do you see opportunity?
Read a related EmpowerMoment: Stay In Your Season
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).