A Different Turn

instagram_cacd2bfb05Have you ever had a crisis, reader? Maybe you have and thought you were crazy. Maybe you haven’t and you’ve wondered why.

Lately, I’ve been in quite the predicament. I feel like I’m going through this bizarre “quarter-life” crisis. (If you don’t believe me, look it up. Apparently, it’s actually a thing.)

Essentially, it’s something that people in their mid-twenties tend to go through. It’s this feeling of being older even though we’re not old. It’s the time in our lives where most question who they are, who they want to be, and what life goals they have. Over the last decade, I’ve thoughtfully considered who I wanted to be and what I wanted out of life. And by the grace of God, I’ve achieved nearly everything I thought I wanted to achieve by now and even more.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Reader, I’m living proof of this verse. As a teen, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career or even where I’d go to college. I flip flopped multiple times on what I thought I’d be: A photographer for National Geographic, an ambassador, a public relations specialist, and the list goes on. All lofty goals, yes. But were they for me? I doubt it.

I started off working at a daycare, putting little ones to sleep and changing diapers. Some might say they were humble beginnings. Through working there, I met someone who just so happened to be the executive assistant to my current bosses. Through a series of conversations, I ended up interning at the company and later on, I was hired. That was over 6 years ago and I’m amazed when I look back.

God took a teenager at a daycare, who had entrusted her life to Him, and He brought her to an amazing company she didn’t even know existed. I never interviewed and I never submitted a resume. Now, I’m a product manager for the very same company. But you see, it’s not because of “how great I am” or because “I’m smart”. It’s because years ago I said, “Lord, use me however You see fit.”

As I’ve climbed the corporate ladder, sometimes it’s easy to think it’s because of what I did. Yes, I’ve worked hard to be at this place in my life. But had I not trusted God to order my steps, I can confidently say I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Sometimes it takes moments of crisis – moments of wondering where things are headed – to cause you to remember where you started. God has lovingly reminded me today in numerous ways, that the faith of a child is all I need. It’s the kind of faith that jumps off the stairs into her father’s arms, trusting he’ll catch her. It’s the kind of faith that believes for the best, no matter what. And it’s the kind of faith God requires of us.

In the moments of crazy, where my head and my world is spinning, it’s easy to get caught up in the crisis and forget to fix my eyes on Jesus. Of all the people in my life who have let me down and disappointed me, He never has. He’s never accused me, never lied to me, and never left me.

Of everyone in my life, He is the one I can, should, and will trust. I love Him because He first loved me. Despite my flaws and sometimes egocentric self – He loved me and continues to love me even when I think I’m not worth loving.

That’s the kind of love I can trust. And that’s where I can confidently place my faith, even when the future seems unknown.

Manda

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25 Comments on “A Different Turn

  1. I do believe that what’s going to happen is going to happen and that any unexpected things lead to where we were supposed to go. My goals change often depending on what’shappening in my life x

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  2. I completely agree that while we have to do the work to make things happen, it’s always part of a greater plan for us. It’s always nice to look back and realize you were on the right path all along.

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  3. I love Rebecca’s comment! I wasted my 20s but I got focused in my 30s and haven’t looked back since. I have to say, my 20s are what gave me the stories that made me the teacher that everyone liked!

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  4. I totally get this, especially with so many changes happening in my life right now. I’m 35 with a child and have no idea where I’m going in life. I have confidence that it will be somewhere good.

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  5. That’s very well said. We often doubt and question things at certain points in our lives especially when you’re feeling a bit lost or confused with what you want to do. We tend to forget that we can simply leave it all up to God and things will eventually fall into place.

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  6. Oh goodness! After I graduated college there was a book released called “The Quarter-life Crisis” I immediately purchased it! I love to look back and see how everything is in the perfect order.

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    • Oh my word! Is it called “20 something 20 everything”? I just bought that book last week and love it so far! I think the tagline is “A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction.” so I’m not sure if it’s the same one.

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  7. I don’t believe in HIM but I am glad he has given you purpose. It is a great feeling when you find your purpose in life.

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  8. I am with you. My Faith in God, has recently grown in leaps and bounds and so have my goals and dreams. I never before thought about it consciously, however I began listening to Joel Osteen and he has literally transformed my life! I place everything I am in God’s hands and the outcome thus far has blown me away!

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