Give me a word, Lord: DECISIONS, DECISIONS

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

We have all had to make a variety of decisions throughout our lives. Some decisions were bigger than others, and some were much tougher than others to make. This old hard headed girl has learned through the years that instead making decisions on my own, I need to run all my decisions past Christ first. Seriously, Peeps, we should pray about any decision we have to make.

A little over 5 years ago, I was working in Poplarville. I truly loved working right here in my hometown, but the company that I was working for was not honoring the staff, the providers, and most importantly, the patients. I didn’t care for the way things were being run, and I started praying about it. It was time to renew my contract. I was locked in with a no compete clause so I couldn’t leave this clinic and work at another one in Poplarville. The local hospital administrator interviewed me and talked with me for hours on end trying figure a way out of the clause. I interviewed with Hattiesburg clinic also, but still..there was that one little hiccup…the no compete clause. I kept praying this prayer, “Lord, I don’t think that this is where I’m supposed to be. I don’t think that this is a God honoring company. But if this is where you want me to stay, I’ll stay. If it’s not, open a door, and I’ll jump through it.”

Several weeks passed, and I had sent the contract back for revisions several times…stalling. I was trying my best not to sign it. Then, finally, there was nothing left to revise. The final contract arrived on my desk on a Friday. I decided to let it sit until Monday, but I had resigned to the fact that I was going to have to sign it. But wait…wait on God!!! Monday morning arrived. I was in an exam room seeing a patient, when one of my coworkers knocked on the door and said that I had a phone call. I took the call expecting the other provider to be calling about a mutual patient, but I was wrong. Instead he asked, “Are you happy with your current job? The PA here is leaving and I’m looking for another nurse practitioner for my clinic in Carriere.” I looked at the contract on my desk in awe, and I looked up and said, “Okay, God, I’m jumping through that door!”

I had practiced in Picayune my whole career before going to work at the clinic in Poplarville, and I was future minded enough to include in my contract that if I wanted to, I could go back to work in the Picayune area, however, I’m sure that was insight from God too. I put my notice in, and have been working for Hattiesburg Clinic at the Carriere Immediate Care for almost 7 years now, and I love it!! (Well, I’m not loving this “season of COVID,” but I do love what I do!)

This is just one example of how God has answered a prayer in my life. He may not answer the prayers immediately, and He may not answer them the way I want Him too, but He will answer. Sometimes, He opens a door, and we have to have faith and just jump through it. Sometimes, He closes a door, and we need to put a deadbolt lock on it and throw away the key. God knows our every need. He puts us where He needs us to be for certain seasons of our lives. We need to only have faith in Him. Pray, ask God for guidance, pray some more, and wait. The waiting is always the hardest, but the reward is always great! God’s timing is always right on time!!

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