It was April 15th, 1991, I stepped into my current employer’s office ready to start my first day on the job. It was my second real job after College. The doors of the Grenada Development Bank opened to me in so many ways. I did not know then what I know now, I was green, not even twenty yet, a bit naive but eager to excel. I count it a great blessing to be employed consistently at the same place for such a long time; I have heard others talk about experiencing depression as a result of not being able to find a job for up to one year or suddenly losing the one they had. In some cases these persons were treated unfairly by their former employers. This was not my experienced, God blessed me with economical stability.
Twenty-seven years later and I am exiting the place I spent thousands of hours, the place where I dedicated most of my work life. Yes, I am moving on, transitioning from one job to another. I have been there for so long, it feels strange to leave. I feel so indebted, grateful, touched, honoured and so much more, to have been part of this Institution’s amazing journey through life, 20 years plus. After being a part of an organisation’s transformation from a doubtful future to bright hopes and vision, I cannot be any less but grateful. As an employee moving through the ranks, I had great moments, not so great moments and those in between but every experience taught me something valuable.
What warms me the most is the fact that I saw God walk with me through all these years, teaching me how to listen, showing me where I need to develop, drawing me to the company I need to keep and planting in my heart the desire for excellence. It was a desire that kept my eyes fixed on the fact that my job was a gift from God and He was worthy to receive the recognition for every little bitty witty of success I achieve. He walked with me and I sought to let him hold my hand and lead me, most of the times.
As I sat on my bed this morning, I felt a bit overwhelmed and disturbed to a lesser extent; I believe it was a combination of the fact that I need to get a number of tasks completed before I depart and that there is a need to be extra careful about allowing anxiety in others to distort my calm demeanor. There is an extra urge to allow God to influence my planning, doing and saying; I am concerned about leaving right and leaving tall. My journey ends at my current work-home on November 9th, 2018. I need my Lord to continue walking with me.
So this extra thrust is being matched with a desire to lean on the everlasting arms of God, to rest on his shoulder, and to listen closely to every prompt, every cautionary note, and every empowering word.
In seeking God to take me through the last few days, I received affirming words of faith in my heart and I started to write. The outcome was six affirmations, all of which are shared below for your encouragement:
- He (God) will never leave me, never, never.
- I can speak with Him (God) when I want to.
- He promises to keep me in a peaceful state when I trust him to work it out.
- There is no weapon so powerful that he (God) cannot stop it from harming me.
- He (God) promises to give me wisdom, there is no limitation to the amount.
- When I need to be comforted He extends his love to remind me that I am His.
These six statements did it for me! I felt empowered. You see while they are not actual verses quoted they all come directly from the Word of God where immense power lies.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”
These six affirmations are my testimony. God does it for real friends!
Care to comment, would love if you would share what God’s word means to you.