Alka-Selzter Moments

 

April 15, 2011

It’s amazing what God can do…IF and WHEN I get out of the way!!!!  To say I was struggling with work issues last year is an understatement.  It wasn’t just ONE thing (it never is), but a combination of things…feeling like an outsider in my own group and undervalued by senior management kept me whizzing around on a roller coaster of frustration and discontent.

 God is always so good to put the Scripture I need in front of me – and leaving it there to mull over…and over…and over until it sinks in.  The recent biggie was and still is Phil 4:6-7:

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (NIV)

 And if that verse sounds familiar? Well, it’s because I wrote about it a couple of months ago.  Back to the story…

 Year end in the accounting world is equivalent to chaos on steroids… ridiculous deadlines, questions, questions, and more questions… add in existing frustrations, another month-end before you’ve finished the last, a few major business changes, staffing changes, and changes on those changes and you’ve got the perfect storm – well, of course if you’re trying to steer the boat yourself!

 As much as I tried to remind myself (daily, hourly, and yes, sometimes even by the minute) to Let Go and Let God…somehow I was still managing to fight to do it myself.  It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but geez…I am one persistent human! 

 The thing about transformation is that it can’t be achieved on your own…let me repeat…TRANSFORMATION CAN’T BE ACHIEVED ON YOUR OWN.  It’s definitely a God Thing and in no way, shape, or form an overnight thing.    I thought because I recognized the obstacles ahead, I had the tools necessary to handle what was coming down the pike…nope, not even close…I was the proverbial duck: calm on the surface and paddling like mad underneath!

 I sought support from friends and family, posted reminders of Scripture, devotionals, (you name it) to help redirect me…I have all these little sticky notes with words of encouragement on my desk now… they’re really good so I’ll share a few:

 “God has brought you this far, and He’ll never let you down…but it’s up to you to trust Him.  If you do, then you can have all the success He has in store for you – spiritually and in the workplace”

 Psalm 18:39 “You armed me with strength for battle…”

“Lord, I am grateful that you have armed me with the strength I need for the battle ahead.  Teach me to persevere in prayer and not let down.  Enable me to pray through each situation until I see victory.  You are always with me, working in my favor.  Amen.”

 And one of my favorites – simple and yet so powerful…

 “Father, Bring Celeta peace in knowing that You are in control.  In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.”

 You see, it wasn’t until I consistently (consistent being the operative word) started praying on God’s promises, that I was finally able to relinquish my unyielding grip on the situation.  It was an “Alka-Seltzer” moment indeed – oh what a relief it is!

 The peace I’ve found in the workplace is nothing short of a miracle – I no longer feel like an outsider…my focus is on others vs myself (duh!).  I no longer feel undervalued by senior management – God has me EXACTLY where he wants me and after all, He is the ultimate Senior Manager!  The staffing changes? They’re never easy, right? Oh my goodness! The changes far exceeded my wildest expectations – that in and of itself should show anyone what God can do when you let Him. 

 Will there be challenges ahead?  Absolutely.  Will I still struggle to do it on my own? Inevitably.  But the assurance I’m embedding more and more firmly each day guarantees not only will I recognize He knows exactly what He’s doing, but I will gladly turn it over… and yes, as always, He’s got it covered!

Micro-Managing

July 21, 2010

 

Do you attempt to micromanage God?  It never occurred to me until today that’s exactly what I tend to do!  Sounds ridiculous, right?  Of course I don’t start out each day deliberately thinking I know how to handle my life better than God, but my actions show differently.  Watch the picture unfold… 

 

Last week my nephew posted a link to a video called “The Stool” http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/11396/The-Stool – it’s a short clip with two individuals and a stool.  The male represents Jesus and the stool represents decisions in the woman’s life.  Theoretically, she acknowledges Jesus makes perfect decisions for her life, but it doesn’t take any time before she finds herself crowding out Jesus for control over the stool.  There’s a great line that stuck with me, “I’m kinda one-cheeking it here.” 

 

Not so long ago, I was having a conversation with a friend and expressing frustrations in workplace relationships.  My struggles stemmed from a senior management team member not fully allowing me to do my job. He’d give a project to me, but it was as if he was still holding on only to take it back.  He’d go and work on the project on his own, then when he got stuck guess what happened? Of course! He would give it back.  How could I possibly show him my full capabilities if he kept taking back control? HELLO?????

 

I must have shared the workplace scenario on multiple occasions and it never dawned on me until just this morning I tend to do the EXACT same thing with God.  How can He possibly show me His full potential when I try to one-cheek my relationship with Him? It doesn’t work, does it?  Unlike my frustrations in the workplace, God isn’t going to fight for control over decisions in my life.  He will patiently wait until I decide to “Let Go and Let God” – and yes, that was a blog in the not so distant past…

 

Although it may seem like it’s the same scenario (letting go) over and over again, I can see my relationship with God changing – growing – strengthening every day.  And as I gradually give up the pieces of my life I’ve held on to so stubbornly, my heart is lighter and it feels AMAZING!  It’s kind of like when you try to hold your breath and you can’t hold it any longer…that next breath?  It’s incredible – such a relief, right?  Well it’s the same thing when you completely give something to God …His breath fills your life and propels you forward in a way you could never imagine.