God wants us to be happy, right? Well, not always. Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?
Read on. My mind takes me back to 1976. I had graduated high school but had no clue
what path I should take. College? I felt so unmotivated. I was floundering, mentally and
spiritually. I did the only thing I knew to do. I got a job. While all of my friends were
headed to college, I was headed for minimum wage employment. My job was working in
the sporting goods department of a local retail store. Interestingly, I actually enjoyed my
new position. A lifelong sports fan, I was a natural selling athletic equipment and hunting
and fishing supplies. I set a number of sales records and received praise and accolades
from my superiors. Four or five months into the new job, another employee in the store
put in for a transfer to the sporting goods department, and due to her seniority, my
supervisor had no option but to replace me. The store did have two options for me if I
wished to remain employed. There was an opening in the jewelry department as well as
the warehouse. Needless to say, I opted for a position in the latter. The warehouse. My
life took a dramatic turn in that place. Several things stand out about the warehouse. My
transfer took place in January. It was very cold, and it seemed so dark. I had gone from a
bright, warm showroom to a dark, dingy warehouse. The other thing that really stands out
in my memory was the solitude. It was there that God had my full attention. It was there
that I would work a full eight-hour shift and not see another human being. It was just me
and God. The happiness of the sporting goods department had taken an abrupt turn into
loneliness and unhappiness. God began to search my heart. He began to speak. He had
my full attention. I was unhappy with life, and I believe God had ordained the events of
my life to bring me to this point. Spiritual things slowly but surely began to take shape all
because God allowed me to become unhappy. That was a key moment in my life. Though
miserable at the time, I would not trade that time of my life for anything. If I had
remained “happy”; chances are that I would have forever missed out on His will for my
life. Happiness took a back seat to misery for a time. Isaiah 30:21 says, “And thine ears
shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the
right hand, and when ye turn to the left. I am thankful God sacrificed my happiness for
something far better.”