When to Leave a Job You Love Due to Chronic Illness
I was so excited to get back to doing what I love, massaging after the pandemic started to ease up and I was vaccinated. I love my children and husband, but I was going stir crazy at home. I know massage is one of my many gifts from God because as I touch people, I pray for the Holy Spirit to have His way as He works through me. While working, I feel so overjoyed at how much my clients feel blessed and thankful for my service, and I tell them God working through me has empowered me to give them what they need at that moment.

Deuteronomy 28:12 NIV says, “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands…” and I pray for God to bless the work of my hands, and He has.

But how do you know when it may be time to leave what you are truly passionate about because of the pain you’re experiencing?

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Congestive Heart Failure, and Fibromyalgia, and these all come with pain. Most days, I can move well and share the love I have for others through the work of my hands with no complaints. But there are days when I can barely move because of muscle spasms, and I would only endanger my own health even more if I went to work.

This past weekend, I had to make a callous decision because my back spasms were not calming down. I didn’t want to cause a problem for the business and the clients, so I let it go full-time. I prayed and asked God for His will to be done and for Him to show me His glory, for I knew He was not finished with me yet. While I may not be able to massage like I was, there’s a great work and purpose for my life.

I’m reminded of a song called Lover of My Soul by Jonathan McReynolds, and the chorus says, “what I lack, You are full of And where I’m broken, You are whole, And what I’m doubting, You are sure of So I’ll trust the Lover, Lover of my soul.”

Just because one passion in my life may be stopping for a season, I can trust God to give me what I need and know that He will direct my path. He will do the same for you (see Proverbs 3:5-6). God has opened doors for me to walk through for such a time as this, and it can happen for you too.

If you find yourself overworked with chronic pain and not sure which way to go, please feel free to join our community by clicking here, as we will pray with you and for you. Within the community, there are tips and guides to help you on your journey. I can’t wait to see you there!

Tabitha King, LMT, M-Div.

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