Right now you're probably thinking of the song by the Byrds, and humming "turn, turn, turn." But did you know that thsse words actually come from the Bible in the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. These are very timely words for me.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
For the last year I have been the Fresh Grocery Manager at a Walmart store. I helped open the store and have built up my areas from the very bottom. I hire the associates, I did the training, I set up the equipment, I made the food, I fired some of the employees, and I fixed the problems. For the last 13 months Walmart groceries has been my life and I've given quite a lot to it. Now I am on to my next challenge.
Starting on Sunday night I am going to be the Overnight Manager at the same Walmart store. That means I'll be running a team of 20 associates who are responsible for receiving and stocking all the new freight that comes into the building. It also means that I will be on a different sleep schedule than most of the world.
I didn't want to go to overnights. However I trust in God's plan. I don't think I'll be on overnights more than six months, and I am very excited to see where God is leading me. Both Stephanie and I think that one day I'll return to pastoral ministry; preaching God's Word and leading the church is where my heart beats. In the meantime I am reminded of some great advice that one of my mentors gave me. "Be faithful in the place God has you right now," he said. So that's what I am going to do.
The Book of Proverbs says that men have plans but God directs their steps, and for now He has directed me to a new position within the retail world. I can take on this new challenge because:
1. God is good, all the time
2. Six months in not a long time
3. God doesn't waste opportunities for shape us and teach us
4. If I am faithful in this now, then He may entrust me with more later
5. Who is the clay to argue with the artist about the shape he is given