The Learning Curve
I never officially heard of this until I got my new job. I’m an occupational therapist by trade, and I am now working at my first job in my career. It’s been a little over month now. I remember when I was first being oriented, and my case load was building, my boss would say things like, “This is going to be a major learning curve for you.” I would nod my head in agreeance not fully digesting what was being said. Until now. Holy Jesus! Now, don’t get me wrong it’s going great! It’s honestly the job I prayed for and has come with characteristics that are so beneficial that I didn’t even know I needed. I’m thankful! But honey…this learning curving is something else!
You have to be willing to be vulnerable, get use to asking for help, be open to criticism, get comfortable with not knowing everything, and be willing to adjust and go with the flow. These are all the things I am NOT comfortable with! I mean seriously. I’m slightly a perfectionist, so leaving room for error is just not up my alley. I live for dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s! But in the learning curve you have to pick your battles. You have to choose to lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
When I was in high school I played a few sports, one being basketball. During the “preseason” we would have to go through a few months of conditioning. My God. Okay. During the preseason we participated in various exercises to build up strength and endurance. One of the exercises included running around the track. During the first weeks our coach would say, “Run the straights, walk the curves.” That means whenever the path was straight she wanted us to sprint with all we had, and when we got to the curve she was us to slow down and recover! This is good! lol God is using our learning curve to condition us, and help us to recover before the real season starts!
Walk with me. Think about Joseph in the bible. Now that’s a learning curve for you. I’ll give you the condensed version, but go back and read it starting at Genesis 37. Joseph had a dream that he was going to be king. His brothers got jealous of him, and sold him into slavery. The bible say, but God was with Joseph, so he succeeded in all that he did. He became a personal attendant to Potiphar who was Pharaoh’s captain of the guard. Joseph moved up and up, until Potiphar’s wife accused him of raping her, because Joseph wouldn’t sleep with her. So they threw him in prison. But the bible says, the Lord was with Joseph! So the warden put him over all the prisoners. One thing led to another, now Joseph is interpreting dreams for Pharaoh. God favored Joseph so much that soon Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. He ended saving his brothers, because their was a great famine in the land. One of my favorite verses of this story is Genesis 50:20 when he told his brother’s, “y’all meant this for evil, but intended this all for good”!
Whatever learning curve you may be in, it’s for your good! I know it’s awkward and it doesn’t feel good, but remember Joseph’s life as an example. He ran the straights in his life with much focus and passion. When those curves hit, he allowed God to walk him and recover him for the next big sprint. The bible says don’t despise humble beginnings. I know God told you he would make you a king, or queen. I know he told you, you would write a book or start a business. I know he told you, your husband or wife was coming. What he promised us will come, but right now we have some learning to do! It’s time for us to sit back, observe, and count it all joy. I know God is preparing us for greater. Don’t miss your preseason! Do the hard work now, so you can live later!
I love y’all and I’m praying that all of your hearts are encouraged! God is not done yet!