My journey to becoming a full-time life coach has been shaky to say the least. The rock-star coaches are often full-time in a year, yet I’m in year 3...
The truth is things could have taken off sooner, but they didn’t. Not for lack of trying.
I hired a business coach and did the work to the best of my ability at the time.
And had ZERO wind in my sails.
The more work and effort I put in, the less motivated I felt and the more frustrated I became...
...until now. As I look up, the sails are starting to lift...
The word that kept coming to my mind when inquiring of God about this apparent waiting period was "timing."
I don’t know why it took so much time. I’ll say in the last three years I have learned a ton, grown emotionally and spiritually at exponential rates. I can hypothesize about why the three years, and even feel comfortable saying there was a point to them.
The truth is there is a timing for everything and it’s different for each of us, depending on God’s plan for us, or how he chooses to mold us.
God could have made David king immediately, but He didn't. He could have taken the Israelites to the promised land right away (instead of 40 years later), but He didn't. Joseph could have skipped the pit, slavery and jail, going straight to government official; But once again, that's not what God had in mind. (Or maybe they were all just "stuck" and in need of a life coach...ha!)
Maybe your dating life hasn’t taken off, despite trying every tactic in the book. Days, months or years go by and you don’t seem to make progress, or find that forever someone.
But that doesn’t change the truth that God has a plan for you just like he had for David, the Israelites and Joseph.
If you are open to His will and doing the work, know that sometimes, that work is waiting.
And when the time is right, God can and will direct you. Maybe He will motivate you to move forward. Maybe He will put something or someone in your path that will help you connect the missing dots. Maybe a new idea will strike that connects the dots further.
When David was alternately hiding and fighting for his life, I wonder if he doubted the whole king thing. When the Israelites got real thirsty in the desert, I wonder if they doubted ever reaching the promised land. When Joseph was biding his time in jail, I wonder if he gave up on the visions God had given him.
Yet they all made it to their final destiny, and if you are following God to the best of your abilities, so will you.