// ‘Cause the enemy has been defeated. Death couldn’t hold You down. Gonna lift our voice in victory. Gonna make Your praises loud. //
Shout Unto God: Hillsong United
He has won the war.
Today I want to talk about that time in our life where we just don’t know which way to go. We’ve all come to that place. If not, it’s coming. If you’ve been there, it’ll come again. It’s a journey we call life. This past month we talked all about the journey. While this is a stand-alone post, we encourage you to read our January series, Journey.
Now back to that journey thing. I said if you’ve faced it before that you’ll face it again. It’s hard to think about because you can’t imagine doing it again. While you may not have to make that exact decision again. You’ll come to that life fork in the road where you have to go with option 1 or option 2.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
Psalms 119:105 NKJV
We can feel like we’re all alone. That there is no guide. But that is contradictory to His word! His word is more powerful than anything. It lights the direction we should go. Sometimes it’s not as hard as we think. We’ve just pressured ourselves to carry something we were never meant to carry.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Psalms 55:22 NKJV
We can take on the responsibility to work in our own power or will and that just leads to heartache. Though He will allow you to make whichever choice. He will always be with you. Covering you. If you get it wrong He will make a way out.
We forget that once we are saved we are living on an eternal journey. While we are here on Earth we get to make a great impact known as obedience. How do you expect to get somewhere if you don’t ever hear the expectation or direction?
As stated in our first scripture, His word lights our steps! We can serve a god called, Time vs the God who knows no time. We see it time and time again imperfect people being given a second chance. Not always in their youth. Sometimes it’s when it defies all odds. Have you heard of Sarah, wife of Abraham? She had a child late in age and she birthed a promise of many nations.
We can limit God because we don’t know Him. Scary to think. We’ve put God in a box. I think about the movie Aladdin. Genie, the great and powerful, contained in an “itty bitty living space.” He waited years for someone to find and use him. While I’m not comparing God to a genie by any means. The idea of containing someone that is for you and willing to do more than you can think, that is true.
We pray, “Lord if it is your will.” Have you ever read what His will for you is? His word is a lamp. The fork in the road may be as long as it is wide. But He will guide you through it!
I want to share with you a pivotal moment in my life. A fork in the road. A choice I had to follow His word, His voice, and believe in more than I could think or imagine.
Why do I want to become a teacher? If you would have asked me a year ago, I’d probably have told you that was the furthest thing from my mind. What about a nursing school professor? That would have been more truthful. Then life happened.
Since my junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I’ve seen and done many different facets of the profession. From 2009 until 2017, my life was consumed with the profession. Just to have those two special letters behind my name, RN. After graduating WKU Spring 2017 and pursuing my new career, I was in between jobs. I couldn’t move left or right. I was stuck. After prayer and diving into His word, I joined the YMCA Kids Center as a substitute. That’s where life changed.
While I received another nursing job while at the Kids Center, I made a promise to work. So I did both. What I didn’t realize was that working as a temp would grip my heart. Every day I would work. I longed to work with these kids. These kids who knew me by name and I theirs. After a long summer of decisions, prayer, and dueling both jobs. I traded my full-time nursing career for a full-time opportunity.
I get paid to love kids. I get paid to watch these kids grow and learn. I get paid to laugh and smile. I also get paid to see these kids go through the toughest situations no one should ever face. I realized my almost decade long dream changed. The reality of being a nurse wasn’t enough. To be honest I dreaded going to the hospital. Now in pursuit of this journey, I come to know. I am a teacher. I am needed. I will continue to do nursing work as long as my company allows, but this change of pace. Well, it’s now becoming a reality. For the one. My journey was worth it.
If I can change at least one child’s life by being me. By being the teacher I wish I had when I was younger. Then I am doing exactly what I need to do. Others may never understand. It’s not for them, it’s for the child that will grow up one day and do amazing things. It is for the child who needs someone to push them to believe in themselves. It’s for the child who dares to dream they can be anything despite what everyone believes they can be. That even includes being a teacher by day and nurse by night. That’s worth it to me. That’s why I want to be a teacher.
This real-life fork in the road has been the toughest decision of my life. But I’ve had tough decisions before and I’ll have a tough decision after. It’s life. The hope is that He is light my path. He is making a way where there seems to be no way. An open door to move through when all doors seem locked, chained, and impenetrable. He moves the mountains.
I hope this has helped you. Maybe you’re in a fork in the road. Choose and walk. Sometimes we are so paralyzed with fear that we can’t even make a decision. Sink or swim, He is with you. Sometimes He’s waiting on you to take the risk, so He can show you His provision. It’s not about you. Keep on moving.
Join us next week as our new series begins. We will take a stroll down memory lane. You won’t want to miss this general of a time.
Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.