For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.– Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Last Saturday morning at around 11AM, I was on my 2 mile walk. It was chilly (around 46 degrees). I’m a New Yorker. What can I say? 😉 Anyway, as I was finishing up my routine walk, I came across two trees with leaves that were fading. It truly felt like autumn. The colors were spectacular. I stopped and snapped photos with my IPhone. As I was taking pictures, the word ”changes” crossed my mind. I did not understand why. I’m thinking, ”leaves change colors every fall. Why was this word planted on my mind?” God definitely works in mysterious ways.
As the day progressed, I knew ”Changes” was the title of a new post. Dinner came, nothing interesting came to mind. 10PM is when I began to realize that changes were not only witnessed everywhere I turned, they were happening to me.
Don’t get me wrong: I am aware the people change all of the time. Life does that to us, especially nowadays. I’m saying that so many changes happened to me in such a short period of time. It feels like God did a complete takeover and transformed me to a woman who is growing more willing to take chances on life. Come to think of it, I have taking the chance of launching my blog. Best choice ever! My hope is to inspire people from all walks of life.
Downside: There are times where I do not adjust very well to change. It can be uncomfortable. It’s actually part of being on the autism spectrum. So being so relaxed with my transition is very new to me.
So much has changed over the past year, but I’m only going to discuss a few. They are the most important to me.
- New found happiness: Back in May of this year, I grew close to a man that was not good for me. Letting go was hard, but I knew I had to. I have decided to delete his number and never meet up with him again. It was heartbreaking, but it was the best decision I have ever made. A sense of self love, respect, and loyalty began to develop within me as time went by. As far as dating again, it’s going to take someone very special to convince me to take another chance. Romans 12: 9-10 NIV says ”Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Honor one another above yourselves.” I am now letting God take charge of this part of my life. He is to be trusted more than myself, especially when it comes to love.
- New Job: I left my job at a retirement home for a job as a food service worker on Fort Bragg. My previous job’s work environment was very toxic (people wise and sanitation wise), short staffed, and only payed $8.50 an hour. The hours I worked were staggering. My mental health was beginning to take a beating. I knew that if I wanted to bring joy back to my life, I had to find a job with a healthier work environment. Philippians 4:19 NIV says ”And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The job I’m currently have pays $12.45 hourly, has amazing people, and is much cleaner. The Lord is the Provider. It’s just up to us to go out there and make change happen when it’s time.
- More Fit: I now have more time to get in shape. I do 2 mile walks twice a week and 20 minute weight training workouts 3 days a week. My mental health is doing much better (taking medications for that also) and my job performance has improved drastically.
- Writing Again: This is the best and most important change to me. Writing is literally part of who I am. Without it, I would pop like a balloon. God put the gift of writing inside me when He created me. I was just oblivious to that. I thought nothing of it until I hit my 30’s. He blessed all of us with a gift. It can be carpentry. It can be entrepreneurship. It can be painting. We just have to go through this journey called life and discover what that gift is. Ephesians 2:10 NIV says, ” For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
2021 was not only quick, but quite a rollercoaster for all of us. The pandemic has not ended, but good things can still happen during dark times. If times like these taught me anything, it’s this: If you have to make a change anywhere in your life, now it’s the time to do so. Do not wait. Time in the flesh is of the essence and we must make the best of it while we’re in it. Christ did. We can do it too!