The Silver Lining

Today was a eye-opening day for me! It started off with me accidentally leaving my cell phone at home this morning. As soon as I realized that I didn’t have it, I instantly felt a wave of peace come over me. Which is TOTALLY unlike me at ALL! If I am without my phone for more than 20 minutes I am usually searching around my bag and dumping my purse onto the sidewalks of NYC to find it! Today was different. My first thought was “God you must really want to get my attention and spend time with me today!”, which later proved to be his intention.

During my lunch break, a time that I normally spend on the phone teaching bible studies with people in other countries or watching “Forensic Files”, I spent peacefully looking out the window of my office building while eating. After about 10 minutes of looking around I started to notice that the NYC buildings and their structure reminded me of something I’d seen before. It was as if I was having a nostalgic moment of being at this place years ago. Then it came to me! My college internship!! During my senior year of college in 2012, I had to complete a internship for my last semester. I moved to NYC to complete this internship and worked at a fashion company “Josie Natori”.

During my lunch break I would warm up my meal in this small kitchen that had one microwave (for the entire company”) and look out the window while waiting. I remembered that this company was located on 33rd Street and Madison Avenue, and today I am working on 34th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue (upward of my last location). Rather than being in a small kitchen with one microwave and one window, I am in a work lounge with 2 microwaves (there are more in other parts of the office), multiple couches and tables, and seven windows that give a beautiful view of midtown.

Seven years ago I was a college student working at a internship and doing a job that I hated, in a city that I thought I loved but was contemplating if it was truly meant for me. Now I am established and living on my own in a city that I KNOW God has put me in and doing a job that I once thought was not for me, but it has made way for me to pursue my passion! Above all, I am truly at peace and happy!

If someone had told me seven years ago in that small kitchen that this would be my life, it may have given me more hope and helped me to truly push harder…but going through all of that has built a level of gratitude within me like non other! If you are in a place that feels like you are in a small kitchen doing a job that you hate and wondering how you are going to get to the place of pursuing your dreams, understand that God NEVER puts us in places or situations that are not going to contribute to your growth in some way, form or fashion! He knows exactly what he’s doing, even if we don’t think that he does. Trust that you are exactly where you belong!

Christian Joy
Christian Joy
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Jacket: Opening Ceremony \\ Jeans: Banana Republic // Turtleneck: H&M \\ Heels: Aldo

Photographer: Monica Krystal Rose

-xx Christian Joy