Saturday, June 12, 2010

Unexpected Opportunities

Jenn here.

We had a staff retreat yesterday, and we all had to commit to something for at least 90 days to change our lives for the better. Mine was to exercise twice a week and restart my devotions. I've been doing my devotions, but sporadically. The exercise wasn't what surprised everyone, it was the fact that I wanted to do devotions. My boss actually looked at me and asked, "What do you do in devotions? What are they?"

I was stunned. Having worked for this person almost four years, I know that she considers herself a Christian, but I've not seen any fruit of it. In fact, I've been very unhappy here for a long time and I've been waiting for the economy to swing back around or for God to open a better door or a financial miracle to occur in my writing.

Could it be that she really didn't know? I explained what devotions were to the whole group and she expressed a desire to do them with me. This shocked me even more. I think it is very possible that she will forget about it once we return to the daily grind of work on Monday or that maybe she was caught up in the moment and didn't really mean it. Devotions are a very private thing--my time with God, but if God wants me to do them with her, I will obey.

Perhaps God only wants my obedience since obedience is better than sacrifice. I'm in a place in my job, where I no longer look forward to it, nothing I do makes a difference, I don't feel appreciated, and certain individuals always get their way because they have the loudest voice and they never shut-up. I only survive there. When a person is in survival mode, they don't grow, and they begin to hope for better things.

Yet, in spite of all this, God still gave me an unexpected opportunity to share my faith yesterday. Perhaps that is all He wants from me, to continue being a witness regardless of what comes against me until He moves me on to the next stage in life.

What unexpected opportunities have you had to share your faith lately?


  1. I just said a little prayer for you and your job situation. It's not an easy place to be. I actually enjoyed my job, but quit about 3 1/2 years ago when I began to feel it was more of a heavy weight and a burden than the joy it had been. Nothing had changed except me -- and my increasing belief that God was telling me it was time to go. That proved true. I was able to go to a major writing conference for the first time (one I could never attend before because of job obligations) and that started me on my current writing journey. May God bless you and guide you.

  2. Johnnie, so glad you stopped by! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Jenn, you make such a good point on obedience. I'm glad you got the opportunity to share about devotionals.

  3. Johnnie, I appreciate the prayers. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. I learned that obedience scripture a few years ago. It helped me stop balking at everything I didn't like or I thought was stupid.

  5. Keep in mind that nothing lasts forever. Change is inevitable. Funny how when things are good we hate change, but when they are bad we pray for it. Hang in there are prayers are with you.