Maybe today is a day where all hope seems lost. It seems like nothing is going right. Or maybe you feel like your life is a comedy show with someone is secretly filming you and everything just keeps going wrong. Your child wrote with crayon on the wall in the living room your just painted. You locked your keys in your car. You found out that car problem you have is going to be just a little more expensive than your budget will allow for. This is how I have felt the past few months about my job situation. In the middle of a mess I have the choice to laugh or to cry each day and I choose to laugh because I love laughing! I am so thankful though because the Lord has been teaching me so much through the messiness of my work life.
The first funny joke about my job was when the business I worked for went out of business. It was consistent, steady and they had offered me a full time job once I got done with the Fellows Program. I was so thankful and felt like everything was falling into place. Well things can change very quickly! One week I got offered a full time job. The next week they are going out of business! I think the Lord was quietly telling me, “Brandi, your hope is not in the things of this world.” It showed me how, in an instant, the hope I had placed in a new job was taken away from me. When we put our hope in the material or physical it fades away and we are left disappointed, broken and desperate.
This verse encouraged me through that time knowing that even though I feel like things are falling apart, I will not be shaken because the Lord is my rock and my hope comes from Him.
“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6
So where am I now? Great question. After they closed I was searching for work in my field (something related to health and wellness/nutrition). The Lord provided a wonderful opportunity to work with a Registered Dietitian and I was excited and thankful! It has been a learning experience but it has also created a lot of stress in regards to what the Lord is calling me to do. I am still praying and asking for a vision on what my work looks like. He is teaching me to depend and lean on Him and nothing else. He is constant and never changing. We can depend on Him always and without a doubt.
Our hope is in so much more than that job, that relationship, that power or that control that you (think) you want.
Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.
What are you finding your hope in today?