Divine Business Meeting at Fatburger
Our friend “M” shares about her struggles with her faith at work and how through truth of the word of God, prayer, and perseverance she begin to enter into the fullness of God’s calling for her.
Last year my company was struggling financially so I began praying for it. God put *Spain on my heart as a potential source of new business opportunities. Within two months of receiving this message, God brought two projects from Spain to my company!
I started working on a proposal to expand our business development efforts there and set a deadline of 2 months to finish it, but the project ended up taking 9 months to complete because I had trouble managing my fears and doubts. I had never done anything this ambitious and it scared me that I wouldn’t have the skills or work experience to put together a proposal of this nature, let alone the credibility to push it through to upper management. The adversary used my fears to redirect my focus away from God’s calling and onto my insecurities, which resulted in me stopping work on the project because I was comatose with anxiety and fear.
Finally in May I had a spiritual break through. I shared my struggles with fear and doubt and how they were interfering with my spiritual walk with my small group. God had called me to be strong, courageous, and obedient with the Spain project but I failed miserably because of my fears. God put it on my friend, Joyce, to share how you can be brave like Joshua despite having so many fears. You don’t wait for the fear to go away before proceeding forward, rather you feel the fear and push through because you trust God will deliver on his promises—-that’s what it means to be strong and courageous. If God had indeed called me to pursue work in Spain then I needed to trust he’s already prepared the way from start to finish. I needed to trust him to lead and exercise my faith by taking action.
I decided I was going to really contend for what God put on my heart to do, pursue business opportunities in Spain. I did research, put together a draft presentation and shared the core ideas of it to a senior boss at my company. He liked it! He told me to talk to our operations manager (OM) to see how we can get support from corporate to begin the collaboration process with overseas offices. When I showed my proposal to my OM, he had a different reaction. Unfortunately, he didn’t see the benefit of the project and thought it would be a costly pursuit, so he shut it down.
I prayed throughout my meeting with my OM and God revealed why he didn’t support the project, it was because it touched on a new realm he wasn’t familiar with so it scared him. He was acting out of feel. God showed me that if I humbled myself and revised my presentation again, this act of love would cast out all fears and push the project through. All too often in the workplace we deal with pride, arrogance, and fear, which can shut out innovation and new ideas. God showed me that if we, his children, humble ourselves and serve the people in our workplace by going the extra mile to help them understand the new ideas/projects, and give them an opportunity to serve with us in it, these new things can spring forth.
I decided to humble myself and do the loving thing by revising my proposal. I consulted a Christian strategist friend to help me. After looking through my presentation he told me there was nothing wrong with my proposal. Unfortunately business development and operations management are two distinct and separate disciplines and they don’t see eye to eye at times. I needed to present the presentation differently but not necessary change it. My friend encouraged me to contend for what God has put on my heart to do and to try to talk to my OM again on Friday before going to someone else in the company. It might be more beneficial for my OM if I went to someone higher up who understands this project concept better and have that person explain to him its values.
However, a series of unfortunate mishaps happened on Friday that made it difficult for me to talk to my OM again. My computer refused to cooperate and actually delayed my deadline goals, which ate up the time I had set aside to talk to my OM. My OM was busy all day and shut his office door, indicating that he didn’t want to be disturbed. Stressed out and frustrated I surrendered my plans about approaching my OM to God and yielded to the urging of the Holy Spirit to leave the office to cool off. It was around noon time when all this happened so I decided to grab lunch.
I had a strange craving for Fat Burger all day so I decided to go there. To my surprise I saw the Senior Vice President of my department for Europe there! I knew it was God setting up this divine business meeting. I shared with him about Spain and he got excited. He asked to see my presentation because he was getting ready to leave for a work trip to Europe where he would meet up with key members of the Europe team. He said would love to show my presentation to the group to see how we can develop more business opportunities in Spain!!!! I am happy to report that he took the presentation with him to Europe.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go
*Name changed to preserve anonymity