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