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In Heaven's eyes, our setback is already God's comeback! Allow me to share an event that God is masterfully turning around for good!
I have taught voice and drama for over 14 years. In early August, my employer informed me that she was not renewing my contract with the studio. She explained that it was her problem, not mine; and that I had done nothing wrong.
I recognized her struggles but I was stunned by this conclusion. While co-workers were able to support and encourage my contributions, my boss could offer very little that was positive.
Most of the staff was on vacation, so leaving in August meant that I would not be able to say proper good-byes. My boss had already found my replacement, and my music room was being emptied and turned into a storage closet.
I was hurt and grieving. This venue was also a ministry that I had painstakingly poured my heart into. And, our finances were already stressed. This didn't help.
It had only been a month since my husband and I had switched churches. Our new place of worship was closer to home, but the move had nothing to do with practical reasons. We just had an unsurpassable peace to make the change.
Accepting my new reality, all I wanted to do was mount my horse and ride off into the sunset. This would be ideal except for the fact that my boss attends our new church — and has been there for years. Was sharing the same church an accident?
I am learning not to ask God "why" questions. It suggests that I am a victim of circumstances. Instead, I choose to partner with Him by asking, "What are you doing? What do you want me to know? How should I respond?" These questions establish a more radical atmosphere for moving forward.
It was clear that God had ordered my steps and not because He was displeased with me. I kept hearing Jeremiah 29:11 in my spirit: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." I was sensing that God was so jealous for my future that He had purchased an insurance policy. He was not going to permit anything to interfere with my success and that included an injustice.
Yes, He had called me to look this challenge in the face — literally — and choose to love . . . and forgive . . . and pray.