I know I may have mentioned a couple of posts back that I told God I would pray fervently for 1 week about what I was supposed to do with my future. Well I do believe it has been a couple of weeks, and I have continued to reach out and talk to God daily about what my next steps should be in the realm of work. My prayer has certainly increased when I was feeling more demotivated. The point was to pray and continue praying….especially when it gets tough. This has provided me such strength in the days that I have literally not wanted to get out of bed and go into the office. I pray that this continues to be my strength as I put one foot in front of the other and come to the office to do a job I don’t feel value or excitement about.
So, back to the point. I have been praying for many weeks and yesterday was the perfect storm. Maybe if I hadn’t been praying the events I’m about to share might not have happened. Or maybe they would have happened and I just wouldn’t have been open/sensitive to their meaning and that they were coming from God.
I started my Monday dreading coming in. I have been determined to find joy so I reached out to Dad (note: my name for God when I am just chatting with Him) and said, “Please help me find the happiness and peace of this day. Please show me what you would have me do as the next steps in your plan for my future.” It was about mid-morning and a senior officer stopped by my cubicle. I believe she was just saying hi, but something more drew her in. We ended up having about an hour long, heart felt, and very personal conversation. I gleaned so much wisdom from our chat, and the end result was wow! If she could go from active duty to reserve duty with 18 ½ years of service, I certainly can!
Next up I ran into a new reservist friend, who is literally doing my dream job, not once but twice yesterday. We normally never see each other, but by complete happenstance we were in the same place at the same time twice in one day. She passed on even more knowledge about the transition from active duty to reserve. Wow! I couldn’t believe all the flexibility I was hearing. I couldn’t believe I could still wear the uniform and serve but get more say in what I’m doing. This sounded too good to be true.
Finally, I reached out to call another officer for help on a work program I was just given. I learned shortly that she lived in Tennessee and was working full time from home, on the same thing I was, but was in charge of it for the entire staff. This couldn’t be! She was so kind and extremely forthcoming on all her knowledge of going from active duty to reserve. Ok, so if this wasn’t a sign or God talking to me, I don’t know what is. Three very different people with three very different transition stories, but all couldn’t be happier.
Well today I talked to the in-service recruiter and I am starting my transition from active duty to reserve! I am so excited for what God has in store! In the mean time I just have to stay diligent in prayer that He will take care of all the little things (ie. money)* that I would certainly stress over and not take this huge leap of faith.
*look out for future blog(s) about how God is working in our finances
I am a Christ follower, a wife, a mother of 3 boys and was an active duty member of the United States Air Force for 8 1/2 year. I medially retired in December 2018 from the Air Force and I know work as a Fitness and yoga instructor, I run the customer service experience for a local swim school and I am a Doula. I am also working on my Master's in social work.