“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-21
Did you ever hear a song and relate to it, like the singer was singing only for you? It was a couple of weeks ago at the office. The JoseMari Chan sang only for me.
“We’re on the road. We move from place to place. And often times when I’m about to call it home,we have to move along. Life is a constant change.”
I was assigned to our Bahrain office August of last year. From then till now, I was able to learn and accomplish more in my professional life than the years before that put together. The task given to me was a huge challenge which I reluctantly accepted. Catalin, my boss, had such confidence that I could do it, more than I trusted myself that I can.
Every month was a struggle. Just when we’ve gotten used to one report format, we had to learn a new one. And each time, it gets more complicated and broader. The deadlines were such killers.
But together, with the full support of the MI Bahrain family, we always pulled through. Of course, not perfectly, but we always did. Because we worked as a team, Catalin, Roland, Reem and Stefan. The company’s objectives became ours, which made our own individual goals only secondary. Our workplace was ideal, almost too homey for comfort. Business was exceptionally great.
So it’s just normal for me to feel sad and reluctant to leave my desk, our office, my assignment, my officemates who I now not only consider as my dear friends, but together with their own families, are now my Bahrain family as well.
I became terrified to tread a new path. It is often difficult to move on, especially if one is already at his comfort zone. But to refuse to move on, to just stop and play safe, is to stunt one’s growth, and eventually, stagnate.
All these, I believe is God’s plan for me and for those lives who intertwined with mine during my short but sweet Bahrain experience. It is not my choice nor my will, and I’m not certain of my new assignment in KSA. But to trust in the Lord completely, is to be assured that no matter how the road twists and turns, it will eventually wind up in a good place…the one that God prepares for us.
I am forever grateful for all the blessings of genuine friendships, good fortune and precious memories. The Lord gives. And if He ever takes away, He gives something better.