>The Big Picture unseen

>Change is inevitable. I know this and yet I believe that it is something that most people fight on some level. Of course there are those people who thrive in a changing environment, but even they enjoy a certain level of predictability in their lives. Either way, I always thought that I (as a whole) dealt with change pretty well. That was before this past week.

I have been working for Wycliffe Associates for the past 3 months. I was hired, to my surprise and joy, into a full time position as the Administrative Coordinator for the Recruiting Department. My first aspect of my job was to help the VP of recruiting with a number of different tasks. The second part was to meet the administrative needs of the division in a number of different ways (whether it meant being coordinator for a retreat or running background checks for our education volunteers). It has been a welcome challenge and I have enjoyed learning new tasks that I am capable of.

This past week the Recruiting Department received a shock that could have registered on the Richter scale. Our VP of Recruiting, the man who had hired every single staff member in the department, had been asked to step down. Needless to say, the remainder of the week was dealt with shock and disbelief. We didn’t understand what was going on or what would be next.

The first verse I ever remember memorizing is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understandings, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” How relevant in times when we just don’t see what is going on. Likewise, in a meeting on Thursday afternoon, one of the staff members worded it this way: If we knew what God knew we would pray that these things would happen.

The very clear reality is that we don’t know what God’s “big picture” is, but he does! Kind of like a scene from a movie that says you only see a piece of yarn at a time, God is looking at this great tapestry of his masterpiece. He knows how ear strand is woven together to become a work of art. The big picture that we can’t see or comprehend.

It is a hard time for me at work right now. I admit that openly. But the truth is that I have a God and Savior who is worthy of my faith and trust. No, I do not know if I will have a job in the next 60-90 days, but God does. He is already preparing the way for me to either continue in my current position or to move on to the next step. Either way, I trust Him because my God is a God who keeps His promises.

How great is our God!


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