Some time ago (when I make this kind of reference it’s because I have already forgotten how long ago the thought originated), when I was communing with God about ‘what I have been Assigned to do with my time through a career,’ He Whispered into my spirit: Ambassador.
Now mind you, I knew full well that this was by no means a hint to get politically involved or to seek a public office or participate in some societal organization whose mission is to be internationally connected for a worldwide cause. No, it was not a worldly kind of Ambassador Assignment.. And surprisingly enough, I somehow knew ‘where’ God was going with this. (I suppose my spiritual ears have been piqued well enough to recognize His Voice better.)
Over the course of several months, I had noticed how my daily activities were intertwined and beginning to show signs of connectivity. I recognized ‘patterns’ of similarities in what God had been placing in front of me for developmental purposes and the situations within which He was actively causing me to enter into. It wasn’t always clear-cut and predictable; however, there were commonalities that just seemed to tie things up and make sense. The particular choices I was ‘forced’ to make, the people with whom I was ‘forced’ to engage, the places I was ‘forced’ to venture into to participate in all of these things ~~ it all just made sense. For lack of a better word, I use the word ‘forced’ to reflect a persuasion on the part of the Holy Sprit.
“When you allow God the space to develop your spiritual senses, you are keenly aware of the sound of His Voice.”
Praying for career direction from The Lord requires me to humble myself to receive His Answer ~~ because I must trust that if something does not make perfect sense to my human reasoning, that God’s Will is still at work on my behalf.
When I ‘heard’ the word Ambassador, I must admit that I thought to myself, ‘Well, of course, all Christ-Followers are commanded to be Ambassadors of the Gospel. But this was in addition to what He meant in this context.
Clearly in my heart of hearts, God had placed the desire to become an ‘independent’ worker. No, not in an entrepreneurial sense, whereby I would develop my own company, but as a Consultant. I’ve come to identify the skills and talents He has developed in me to accomplish specific tasks, and He continues to develop me for ongoing and future tasks. But if ever the dots connected in my life, it was definitely now.
What I thought was just a passing ‘dream’ of becoming a Consultant is rolling out in front of my eyes like a movie on the big screen at the theater. When I initially considered becoming a Consultant, it was with my definition of what that job description was going to be ~~ and that’s precisely why it did not come to fruition. (An ‘I got it, God!’ moment smacked me square between the eyes.). It was my desire for me, and not His Desire for me.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. ~~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Sometimes Girlfriend, we mistakenly ‘think’ we’ve entrusted The Lord with our concerns and cares ~~ when in actuality we’ve only Team Tagged God (does that make sense?) and still ‘control’ our decisions and actions, with the intent to determine the outcome. Please tell me I’m not alone in this craziness.
While it has taken me more than half of my earthly life to come to terms with the fact that I actively do this, I do now see that I have been wrongfully wasting precious time. And I humbly ask for His Forgiveness. Yet I rejoice in the ability to begin again.
This Assignment as Ambassador has only begun ~~ I am now on to embracing the second of two Assignments where I can be instrumental from both an earthly perspective as well as a Heavenly Purpose. And for that I give Him Glory and Praise for even considering me to be useful.
Where will this take me in the long run? I have no idea ~~ but I also consider it a privilege to simply be called to participate. And quite honestly, I’ve come to accept that it’s not always in my best interest to know the answer to that futuristic query as the Journey is just getting started.
Trusting God means I don’t need to know everything that’s going to happen before it does ~~ I will simply obey Him as I put one foot in front of the other along the Journey, and when I reach my destination He will be there to welcome me.
The question came up in a recent small group Bible Study: “Are you a Destination or a Journey person?” And I must admit, I am more inclined to be a Journey Gal ~~ enjoying the ‘scenery’ along the way and the people whom I encounter, I believe, make for a much more interesting experience. But also along with that comes the responsibility to respond as a true Christ-Follower. All the activity keeps me on my spiritual toes, ever mindful of to Whom I belong.
How about you, Girlfriend ~~ are you embracing your Journey, and suiting up as an Ambassador of Christ?
We shall have more discussions about what that means in the weeks to come. Chime in with your thoughts here ~~ I’d love to hear them and of the “close encounters” that you have with Jesus along your Journey with Him.
I love you to Heaven and Back, Sweet Sister of mine ~~