Truly, God provides. In this season of pregnancy, I've learnt so much more to rely on that (another blog post over due altogether) but I wanted to take some time to share how God has come through for me.
Work has been tougher this season, having to juggle morning sickness as well as work pressures to deliver numbers at the end of the month. I think generally the retail economy is sluggish thus a lot of plans we have aren't performing to expectations, and just sentiments have been low. However, in the line I'm in the numbers don't change and at the end of the month, we are always fighting to pull in the numbers. This month was one such month.
Also yesterday, I had found out that one of my christian colleagues was leaving and it brought me some sadness as earlier on in my career, I had spent some time sharing about my life and exchanging some testimonies with him. Thankfully I managed to catch him during a break and sat him down for an hour or so just to "wish him well".
It ended up with me sharing about my journey, my pregnancy concerns as well as just how God is working in my life altogether. The small catch up then took a life of its own and he started to encourage me and share with me a few songs that brought him through some harder times in his life. I left the conversation feeling a lot more uplifted and of course, we ended with me praying for him in his new season. Always nice to get to pray for your colleague.
The central theme he shared with me was building a dependence on God, as as long as any role or season leads us into a greater dependence and awareness for Christ, we know the journey is right. Once we are independent from Him, that is when things may go awry.
On that day itself, I was a bit short on sales numbers and was probably thinking perhaps we would have to close the month short. I was sharing with this colleague of mine how stressful it gets sometimes, when we all have to pull our weight to get the numbers in, and he shared with me that as long as we do our best, that is sufficient for God. Any other pressures are just man-made. "Do your best, and leave the rest of Christ" -- the old adage.
As we ended our conversation and I went up to office minutes before my one on one with my boss, I received an email for a placement on another set of orders, which allow me to sufficiently close the month. Literally receiving the email 2 mins before my boss walks in -- that feeling of relief... hard to describe. Better than relieving yourself of a full bladder.
This little testimony is my thanksgiving to the Lord for knowing my concerns and bringing people and situations in my life that remind me of his unfailing goodness to me.
Isaiah 43:16-19King James Version (KJV)
"Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."