All Things

As I reflect upon the past week or so, I realize that I am most thankful for the shift in perspective I’ve experienced (moving from profoundly frustrated to a place of acceptance and redirection) over a situation that is largely out of my control.

Actually, it’s been a good reminder that I can only control my own thoughts, feelings, and reactions (and even then it is difficult!), and the more I focus on the things in my life that I can change, I generally will feel better overall.

Without going into details, I have been methodically pursuing a certification, and am (theoretically) nearing the end of my work. I still have a ways to go in one or two areas, but the proverbial finish line is in sight.

However, in order for me to complete the requirements, I must rely on one or two other people (in charge of the program) to make progress. For reasons not fully known to me, these individuals are not available/responsive, and this ongoing phenomenon has dragged out the process needlessly.

However, the light bulb in my mind switched on last week. After months (perhaps a year or more?) of trying to figure out how to make things work, I finally had to accept the inevitable: things were unlikely to change (so long as I continued waiting on others).

Perhaps you are wondering what I did next. I’m glad you asked!

Well, I applied to another, similar program in the area to see if I can transfer to a different training organization. There may be some additional cost involved, but I’d rather be somewhere where I am being thoughtfully shepherded through a process, rather than effectively being abandoned in the midst of it!

Sometimes, I think the Lord waits for us to realize that something isn’t working before He prepares to move us someplace where things are moving. 💡

I also had to accept the following:

▪️ There is no guarantee that my transfer request will be accepted. However, as I believe that the Lord has called me to this certification program, I believe He’ll make a way.

▪️ If, for some reason, He desires to keep me in my current program, then there is a lesson I need to learn about patience (that is, I’ll get my certification, but it will take longer).

▪️ I’ve had to recognize that I’ve hit “certification fatigue” and need to redirect my energy elsewhere for a season. I’ll still make steady progress each week, but I know that I need to focus on practicing better self-care, so I decided to explore something else that challenges me in a different, but related, way.

At the end of the day, I’ll get through it, because — as Philippians 4:13 says — I can do “all things” (even a lengthy certification process!) through Christ who strengthens me. For this and so many other things, I am most grateful.



9 thoughts on “All Things

  1. So much thought here. We believe your thoughts, “Sometimes, I think the Lord waits for us to realize that something isn’t working before He prepares to move us someplace where things are moving” are what we see often times. We recently discovered a great book by Charles Stanley “How to Listen to God”. Wonderfully your illustration is reflected in his writings.

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