Without saying I was in a near panic mode. Where was I going to find a new job and a new place to live within three weeks time? I recall something Jesus said to His disciples from the book of Matthew verse 19:26 "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." My outlook on the whole of the situation changed. I no longer was afraid of the unknown, but I instead focused on what I did know. And that is, that God is in control. With that in the forefront of my mind I went about the task of praying and waiting for the Holy Spirit to speak to me.
Less than two days later He spoke and loudly.
Before I continue let me add that for the previous two years I, me, Darryl was out looking for jobs in any and every place I could get to. My feet and public transportation took me to fast food restaurants, family restaurants, grocery stores, Lowe's, Applebee's, Amazon and even a pet store for hopeful employment. With no takers. Finally I stopped and realized the error of my ways. Where was God throughout my constant searching? He was there, yet, I had not asked for His direction. Throughout all of this transitioning and activity my personal time with God had suffered. It was then that I hit the pause button on my activities and sought words and direction from my Master.
As I said in the line before this paragraph, within two days the Spirit of God spoke and loudly.
He first directed me to apply or shall I say reapply for a job I had long since forgotten about. Less than twenty-four hours later I was called in for an interview. Within a weeks time I had a second interview and was offered a full time position. Praise offering #1. My apartment search was in full swing. Before work I would search the want ads for listings and make appointments for after work or my days off. Nothing as of yet, but I was hopeful. Going into week number two after much prayer and waiting I had an apartment. Praise offering #2.
James 1:17 states, "Every good gift and every perfect is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
How could I continue at the frenetic pace I was going and not soon realize I wasn't getting anywhere?
I could not. However, when I did pause and listen, I then knew what I should do.
So, today, despite my new fantastic job and my more manageable apartment, I had to once again hit the pause button and say "thank you LORD." Complacency can become an issue after receiving a blessing from God. It is something that plagues those within the bible also, so the reality of it is true.
In closing I would like to say don't let 'life', whether good or bad, keep you from hitting the pause button and sending up praise offerings to God for making it all happen.