I made a vow to God that if something big happened to improve my economic situation that I would write a story giving Him the glory, so here it is.
I have struggled financially for years and it looked like there was never going to be any way out. I have had two part-time jobs which have provided a low income. In the past couple of years I have pursued several full-time positions, but they had to offer a work schedule that would enable me to still work part-time at another job because jobs in my area do not pay well.
At the same time I have been trying to do things to produce income from my book, but with no money to promote it, I really couldn't expect much to happen. Even after having a nationwide radio promotion, nothing seemed to come from it.
I felt I had done everything I could think of to get a better job and I have been persistently pushing forward with my speaking and writing ministry. Nothing was happening. Meanwhile, my income was continuing to spiral downward because my two part-time jobs were producing less and less money. I said to God, "Isn't enough, enough?" Something had to happen!
Several weeks ago, everything changed. An opportunity came up for one of my part-time jobs to go full-time with the same company, but with a different client, and with a work schedule that allows me to still work part-time at my other job. Economically, it was a do or die situation, so I grabbed it quickly! I had waited so long for this kind of opportunity and acted as if it may not come around again.
Not only did the new job open up at just the right time, but because of the type of job, doing security watch with nothing to do but simply "being there", I have 40 hours a week to read, write, and prepare messages.
God, all at the same time, provided a better working environment(I had wanted to get out of the previous part-time position due to reasons beside financial), boosted and stabilized my income, and provided me with all of this time to pursue my ministry. God is so AWESOME!
God has lifted a tremendous burden off of my life and I feel as though I can soar with the eagles as a result of waiting upon the Lord. (Isaiah 40:31) I consider this to be much more than just a better job, but a giant piece of the puzzle of my life that has just dropped into place. Thank you Jesus!
What are some lessons I would like to pass on to you, the reader? Be persistent and never give up. Know what you need to improve your lot in life and fulfill your ministry, if you have one, and ask God specifically for it. Do all that you can do to make it happen, but when the right opportunity comes along, recognize it for what it is and act promptly. Sometimes the doors that God opens don't stay open very long. It may not be the kind of opportunity that you were hoping for, but it will be better than you ever expected. (Ephesians 3: 20)The job must be considered as just one piece in God's grander plan. Last, but certainly not least, declare victory over the power of Satan, who wants to keep us stuck in whatever situation we are in.
This is God's glory story. Praise be to Him.
(I sincerely hope that my story can encourage some hearts out there, especially in today's economy.) Grace to you, John Livingston Clark