It’s exactly 9am and the work allotted to me for my eleven hour shift is complete…ten hours to go and nothing to do. If I were the type of person that got a thrill out of paperclips, post it notes and highlighters, I’m telling you I’d be in heaven here. Unfortunately, I am the type who loves messes! Like flour on the floor, used coffee cups in the bussing tote, and an apron on with the insignia of the Eiffel tower or a slab of butter across my chest. I want to work in a café. Better yet, I want to run a café.
Instead, I punch staples into stacks of paper and file them away, answer phones and hold the receiver a foot away from my ear as the screams ensue. Why? Because I’m a big scaredy cat. I wasn’t always a fear ball, but lately with our new move and the storm cloud hovering over my head called Responsibility, I’m a bit shaken. Ok a lot. How would I pay the bills if I took a minimum wage cafe job?
I want to believe God can give me a job that delights my soul while providing for our needs, but I’m so weak in the faith department I’m constantly asking people to open the jar lids for me.
“Hey I see you got a jar of hope there! Pretty cool. You gonna open it?”
“No” I mope. “It’s just…too…heavy.”
Good grief Charlie Brown!
And yet, some of us really and truly get stuck like this. We have Deceit weave its delicate nets around us till we can’t break free of the lies. So I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m going to put all this drama to good use. Ready?
I’m going to memorize the book of Ephesians.
What better way to re-wallpaper your mind than with a nice big brush of scripture. I’m going to slather that truth all over the inside of my silly noggin until I can face life with the strength and courage God gave us. He didn’t say I’m guaranteed to get the job I want. But He did say:
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” II Corinthians 6-9
We will encounter struggles and assaults from the hardships of life and the evil one, but we can assail them with the power of the Spirit, the Word of God, alive and active in us who believe.
Please consider praying for me as I take this adventure. The devil does not want me to live in Christ’s truth, so I need cheerleaders. Dig out your pom poms and root me on for the next 33 days! I’ve felt led to do this for nine months now and this is exactly how I want to spend the last 33 days of my 33rd year of life! To Him be the glory and praise!!