Those uncomfortable seasons are still twirled into God’s Plan.
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WHAT I’M WEARING:
My husband and I were folding and packaging inventory last night and it reminded me of my experience working retail for a short period of time a few years ago. In 2018, I got the idea to get a part-time job at Banana Republic to gain the retail experience I never had. I’ve always had a dream to start my own clothing boutique but really didn’t know anything about the retail business. Because of this, I challenged myself to work part-time in the retail industry along side my very demanding full-time job.
I’d work around 70 hours a week, getting home most days around 11pm, only to travel cross state the following day to my full-time job. As demanding and tiring as it was, I had so much fun working at Banana Republic. I love Banana Republic and the modern and versatile classic apparel. So I knew that working for a clothing store that I often shopped at would allow me to hone in on my sales skills, since I’d only be selling clothing I actually loved. But the main reason I could work an additional 20-30 hours in retail with so much ease was because I recognized that it was a season and It was setting me up for the future I desired.
As many of you know by now, I finally launched my online clothing boutique, Fully Covered Still Fly about one month ago. By the grace of God, it has been doing so well and many people have been supporting it by sharing, liking and purchasing! The boutique was a five-year long dream that came about while in business school. I created a business plan for the boutique for my MBA final project and used it as a reference while preparing for the launch. But last night, while packing orders and organizing inventory, I was brought back to my days at Banana Republic, and how it shaped me to be the boutique owner that I am today.
Appreciating where you are today, despite how the season makes you feel, can only be done when you receive a revelation of what God is doing in this season. One of the reasons the Sons of Issachar in the Bible were so wise was because they had understanding regarding the seasons and the times. They always knew what to do, and when to do it; and were conscious of the seasons of their lives. When you receive a revelation regarding the season you are in, and what the Lord is doing in your season, you don’t try to rush through it. You use it to your advantage and do everything required.
Although I was exhausted driving from NY to Connecticut daily working two jobs, I understood that it was only for a season, and it was going to help me be a better business owner. Philippians 1: 6” … being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This scripture reminds me that God always finishes what He starts. What may appear to be pointless and meaningless seasons to you, are among the plans God has for you. What appear to be “unfair” and “inconvenient” experiences for you are still twirled into the divine plans of God for your life.
I love Joseph in the Bible for this reason.
Simply sharing with his brothers a dream he had, led him to slavery because of hatred and jealousy. In his dream, he saw his brothers bowing down to him. They didn’t like this very much so they devised a plan to kill him but instead sold him to Ishmaelites. You should read the story on your own time in the book of Genesis. Later on in the book, we find a turnaround in events where his brothers really did end up bowing down to their brother Joseph. Because Joseph gained wisdom and understanding regarding his experiences and tough seasons, he quickly forgave them, saying” you meant to harm me but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
When the Lord gives you a revelation about your season/experience/circumstance, you don’t have time to waddle in pain and hatred. The wisdom He gives you will open your eyes to see that the LORD intends to use everything you’re going through for your good. Jeremiah 29: 11 says “For I Know The Plans I Have For You’ Declares the Lord, ‘Plans to Prosper You and Not to Harm You, Plans to Give You Hope and a Future.” The attacks, the dry seasons, the boring experiences, the hurtful experiences- they are all going to work out for you good in the end.
If you’re finding it difficult to see clearly concerning your situation, ask God for wisdom and a new revelation about the season you’re in. James 1:5 says” If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
In conclusion, I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures:
Romans 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
A Prayer for Today:
Father God, thank you for being such an intentional God. Even the most meaningless things are of concern to you. I thank You that You have plans for me that are Greater than the ones I have for myself. Open up the eyes of my understanding to see what You are doing in this season of my life. Give me divine wisdom as the sons of Issachar had, to not only do the things that are beneficial, but to also see things and people the way You see them. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, AMEN.