Daily Devotions for Lent 2013

DAY 20

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Submitted by Kim Shimer, Elder

Prayer:

Dear Lord, when I fret and fight and try to direct my steps without You, I inevitably stumble. Discipline me, remind me that my life is not my own, that You are my Maker and all wisdom comes through You.

Scripture: Jeremiah 10:11-24

Today’s Devotion:

I was in a difficult place, increasingly discontent with my career and struggling with depression. I halfheartedly searched for a new job,  sending out dozens of resumes and hoping for the best. Not surprisingly, my efforts were unsuccessful. My emotional state sunk even lower until I reached that point of despair when you throw up your hands and surrender, finally remembering that God is in control and wants to carry your burdens. At that moment, I decided to give up my aimless job search, and put the focus on my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I handed the Lord my concerns, uncertainty, and heavy heart.

Less than 24-hours later I was scheduling an appointment with a therapist when I had a call from an unrecognized number. The message on my voice mail invited me to interview for a job I had applied for a month before. Fast-forward two months. The depression has faded and I've started in that new job. I only needed to let God direct my steps.