“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.”Psalm 107:21-22
It’s annual evaluation time at my company soon, and I’m thinking about my time at this job. I remember the hope that welled up in me when my agent called me saying she really felt like this job was for me. She said, “I don’t usually say things like this, and I could get in trouble, but I really feel like this job was made for you.”
Prior to this job, I was doing little projects through the agency at different places, living paycheck to paycheck, was on Food Stamps and cash aid, and was feeling like I’d never be able to provide for my family alone. Thank God for my family taking me in and helping me out!
I remember going into the interview and seeing other women interviewing. They were dressed so well! They had on suits and their hair was professionally done, they had manicures and looked very professional. There I was in the dress I wore when I had to go to court, poor, and insecure. I thought there was no way they’d hire me when they had these women to pick from. What I didn’t consider was that “the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b) How grateful I am that He saw my heart, my great need, and my desire to provide for my family and be better than we were. I’ve been here ever since.
At times, I forget or take for granted that God provided this for me. Each time, He shows me where I was and what a miracle it was that He got this job for me. I started out financially broken, unable to even buy groceries without the government’s help. Now, I’m able to pay all my bills, and God blesses me with extra every now and then.
Other times, I think I should be promoted, or should be doing better than I am. In those moments, God reminds me that He is in charge and He knows the plans He has for me. “Slow down. Rest!” He says to my ever-ambitious and impatient heart.
When I was much younger, I read in Proverbs, “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9) I made that my prayer immediately. Sometimes I find myself discontent and asking for more, but every time I read that verse, I am reminded of my prayer as a younger girl and thank God for His faithfulness in answering it every day.
Take a moment today and think about where you were 5 years ago. Think back further: 10 years, 20, and so on. Consider where the Lord has taken you in that time. Have you grown? Have you prospered? Thank Him. Rejoice in His grace and faithfulness. Have you been in dire straits? Thank Him! Rejoice that He sees you and knows you. Begin to thank Him for where you are and for what He’s already doing in your life.
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have, for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!