THE SILENT YEARS

"Babe I lost my job," I told my wife as I walked in the door from a long, hard day of work at a job that I absolutely loved.  I had just been let go after two years of investing in youth that I loved and investing in an organization who's mission I believed in.  My wife immediately embraced and encouraged me.  She was actually not surprised by this and continually reminded me that the purpose ahead of me was greater than the present I was getting ready to leave behind me.  Thank God for an amazing wife because every man needs one.  Love you Jennifer Lucy Tyler!  2015 was a year of joy, fulfillment, wonder, concern, and uncertainty all at the same time. I applied for various jobs and interviews and was turned down.  I worked a few part time jobs to generate income even though they brought no true fulfillment.  Deep down, I knew that God had a purpose for me to fulfill and that I would be okay. I just didn't know what I was supposed to do.  Have you ever begged God for answers and still heard nothing but SILENCE?  Nothing humbles you like feeling like you are not in control.  In December, 2015, everything changed when we not only joined our new church, but an invitation to lunch from a pastor I highly respected turned into an invitation to work on staff.  Everything changed for me.  Fast forward to 2017, I am working in ministry full time and growing in ways that I couldn't have imagined back then.  God is truly sovereign.  I lost my job in January, 2015 and went through a season of silence, BUT GOD (two key words) blessed me with a new one a year later.  January, 2016, I began a new chapter of my life.

Have you ever felt stuck or wondered if God is ever going to answer your prayers?  Have you ever felt like there was more for your life than the season you were in but couldn't figure out why nothing was changing? Know that you are not alone.  I'm sure Joseph felt the same way in Genesis 37 when he was unexpectedly betrayed by his brothers who: 1) ripped off his coat of many colors given to him by his father Jacob 2) threw him in an empty cistern that had no water 3) sold him him into slavery.  Joseph is placed at 17 years old when he was betrayed by his brothers.  He goes through a period of being a slave in Egypt, lied on and wrongfully thrown in prison where he spent two years for a crime he didn't commit.  It wasn't until 13 years later at the age of 30 that he became second in command over all of Egypt.  God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing.  Joseph went through 13 years of silence, but in those years, all of his self sufficiency was destroyed so that he could rely on God's sufficiency.  He grew past the point of relying on His own common sense and learned to rely on God.  The years of silence before  our dreams come to pass are a time of discipline, not a period of God's displeasure.  Don't try to manipulate your process by doing things to get what you want before you're supposed to have it.  Trust God, obey Him, and He'll bring it to pass.