The Ripple Effect
I’ve been MIA lately, but for a very good reason. I recently started a new position that requires so much of my time because I am using all the expertise and knowledge I have gained before this moment. Expertise that I have acquired from previous positions and knowledge I have gained from over 20 years of education.
So much has happened in such a short amount of time, that I found myself struggling to actually put words to it. When one thing manifested, another event popped up and so began this ripple effect in my life.
According to Physics, the ripple effect is expressed as “a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence”. The visual often used speaks to just how powerful a ripple effect can be. Now that I am settling into the flow of these ripples in my own life, I am finally able to take a moment and reflect on the last two months.
From graduating with my Masters of Science in Media Management, to pretty much getting my dream job shortly after and still being able to pursue my other passions – I have to take a moment and say Thank You – to God, to my family, to my friends, and to each new season that brought a new ripple into my life.
Many of you may not know, but for a while I was unemployed. This was hard for me because I am so use to being on the go and working hard at everything. Then to have someone tell me that my services are no longer needed – it was a serious wake up call. And we all know how psychologically and emotionally that could take a toll on anyone – especially in this economy.
When I first lost my job, I was actually content with the decision to be let go. The one thing I took away from that conversation was when my manager’s manager told me, “I am going to do amazing things … elsewhere.” At the moment, my grandmother’s words comforted me, “Man’s rejection, is God’s protection”. So, I walked out the building with my head high, shoulders back and a box full of sticky notes with hand written scriptures on them. I just knew that God had something bigger planned for me and I was on my way to getting it.
Yet, as days went on, job applications came back rejected, and the bills still needed to be paid – I panicked, then I hid, then I cried. I put in over 50 job applications and received rejection after rejection after rejection – I felt as if my own light was beginning to dim. I lost hope. (The silent rejection was the worse!)
But now looking back, I am grateful for each rejection I experienced – from the system and from people. That one pebble that God dropped into the pond of my life – birthed so many fantastic things since then. But the effect needed a cause. It needed a starter point. Sometimes a setback is just preparing you for an even greater comeback!
We are called to not look at our current, chaotic circumstances to predict our future. Or even use our own past to hinder us from taking a new path. Every step, every event, every pebble thrown in your pond – will be used for the greater building of your character and faith. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28.
If I didn’t have that rejection – from jobs and from people – I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the job and the people that are currently present in my life. I value everything I have so much more these days. Because – I remember when. I now have a testimony, a story, a chapter in my journey that I can share with others so hopefully they will not feel lost or alone when they are experiencing similar situations.
I spoke with my cousin in Petersburg, VA recently and he told me that he too, just got let go. Without even knowing, I shared my story with him and was able to provide some light to the situation. I said, “Losing your job, just means that God needs your skill and expertise elsewhere. So, don’t look at it as a failure or be ashamed – be thankful for the skills you have gained from that job and leverage it for the next step in your career.”
So, don’t curse those moments that may have brought you pain, confusion or set you back, be thankful for those moments because they have brought you here today. There’s a silver lining in every chapter of your life.
My past moments have brought me here today. My current moments are preparing me for my future steps. And at the end of all this I want to be able to look back over my life and smile at the legacy and light I have left behind. The hearts I have touched. The people I made smile. The love I have shared with this world. And a trail of light that God has blessed me with.
I want to be proud of myself, but most importantly, thankful to God. So, when I take my last breath, I know I will be able to rest in peace because I worked so hard for that moment when I will hear my Savior’s voice. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Mathews 25:23 NIV
It’s never to late to begin your journey. It’s never too late to throw one small pebble in the pond and see where all the ripples will lead to. And even better, allow God to throw small pebbles into your pond – just so you know who is really directing your path.
And don’t be afraid to share your story. Your testimony, your story, your journey could be the ripple effect someone needs to begin their own journey.
Imagine if we all threw one small pebble in the pond as an act of thankfulness and love. Imagine the tidal wave of change it would spark in this world and the true impression we could live behind for future generations. Your spiritual footprint and universal energy will be used to forge new paths and charter new territory in human evolution. So make it count!