Happy New Year! I intentionally waited to post my first blog for the New Year. As so many of us are reading about fad diets, to-do lists, goals, and whatnot, I decided to change it up a bit.
Many of the people I coach are looking for their purpose. Many wonder what they are here for.
Many struggle with their identity, not understanding that our identity is not based on the roles we fill.
Many start their new year off with great expectations and motivation, only to fizzle out by February.
Like many of you, I had my new year planned. I knew what I wanted to achieve and what it would take to get there. I was ready to roll! But I was met with an unwanted interruption.
I learned that a tooth I had been struggling with for a month needed to be pulled. That’s right, fighting to save this tooth only delayed the inevitable and kept me in a lot of unwanted pain. So on December 31, I had emergency oral surgery. As if that wasn’t bad enough, my tooth broke before the surgeon could remove it.
Freeze: It was suggested I only needed a local anesthetic to remove the tooth. But I had been stressed out long enough over this tooth. So I adamantly requested the twilight drug, as I did not want to know what was happening. I thought it would make me pass out. But to my surprise, I could still hear and was aware of everything as it happened.
Unfreeze: Once the tooth broke, my pain increased. I heard the drill and felt the pressure. I was moaning and kicking the chair. What! I was not supposed to know what was happening! It was horrible. I admit it, I am a baby when it comes to pain.
The surgeon was surprised at how inflamed and infected it was, and couldn't believe I was able to live with it for so long. I really don’t have a high pain threshold, but I’m grateful that the amazing essential oils I've been using helped make it a bit more bearable.
There I was, several stitches later with a hole in my mouth, still unable to eat and still in pain, just a different kind of pain. What a mess! I still haven’t completely recovered.
I say all this for one reason. I had the entire first month of my new year planned out. Instead, this very unwelcome interruption delayed me from my goals and desires.
Here is what I know. God wanted me to take the month of January off. Yes, can you believe it? Sometimes we are so gung ho with our new year, or our own plans, that we can miss the most important thing—our relationship with God.
I admit I was in a hurry to get to the next chapter and assumed He was on board with me. Honestly, the trouble with my tooth has helped me slow down and prioritize my life.
While I heal, I am seeking God, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. I’m waiting for my opportunity to jump back into life.
It's been a week. I have put my goals and my business aside in order to sit at Jesus’ feet and wait for my orders. I have read my Bible, journaled, listened, and learned exactly what God wants of me rather than jumping right in and right over God. Spending this time with Him has been an amazing way to begin this new year.
Can I make a suggestion? Before you too rush into your next chapter called 2019, sit at the feet of Jesus and really tune in, rest, and seek.
It has changed my perspective and priorities for January and has awakened me to the reality that my next chapter begins when He says it does. I prefer to wait on His prompting. It confirms that I am right where He wants me, when He wants me there.
Are you searching, struggling, or scheduling? Maybe you too could benefit from starting off your new year seeking more of Him before beginning your next chapter.
Have you experienced something similar? Can you recall a time you couldn’t understand why you had to experience something so unpleasant?
Maybe God was trying to use your situation to get your attention. Were you able to see it? If so, how did that change your perspective? Did you use your time in that season differently than you first expected? Please share. Join the conversation here or on my Facebook page.
God has created you by unique design. If you're struggling to understand your identity or purpose, contact me for a free discovery call.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV
"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NASB
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