I was sharing some of my story the other day at lunch. I was trying to encourage this person who is starting a coaching/consulting business.
I basically said that if it is God’s plan it will unfold. At least that is how it was for me. I am going on an on about how God just laid out the red carpet for me to quit the business world, go back to school to become a Christian counselor, and then to open doors all the way to today’s coaching and counseling practice.
“It was easy,” I said.
Then I proceeded to describe all the problems I had, stupid things I did, and several stories that I can now re-tell with humor. As I was laying out this “perfectly straight path” that God had provided, it didn’t sound all that straight.
As a matter of fact, if his expression was an indication, it seemed that some of the stories may have seemed a bit harrowing.
But the truth is, to me, the journey I began ten years ago has seemed like a complete God thing. Like it has just worked.
Even when I did something stupid, God showed me a way out or a solution.
Even when I was disappointed in myself or others, when I leaned back into God the season changed.
Even when I was challenged with stuff I didn’t know how to do, and that wasn’t in my personality, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead the way and help me navigate whatever I was going through.
Even when my business was slow, He somehow gave me the impression that it was on purpose, so I would have time to develop this program or volunteer at church.
Many people may feel that starting your own business is the same as birthing a child. They say moms forget the pain after a few months. (I had twins so it took a few years!) Maybe I am just forgetting the pain.
Or maybe what the bible says is true.
Jesus gives us a peace that only comes through HIm. It doesn’t make sense in this world. But if we trust in Him, even our struggles can be filled with joy and purpose.
And ultimately, if we are on His path for our life, He is there to walk through it with us right by our side. Or better yet, His Spirit is leading the way.
It is in this peace, that you know it must be a God thing!