Monday, February 17, 2014

Rose's New Job

It would be several years before Rose would discover that her character had been struck down by a co-worker. This man privately told her superiors that she was undermining the work, which was totally untrue. Fresh out of college, she was still enthusiastic and excited about what she thought would be her life’s work and was giving her best efforts.

She applied for a full-time position within the Christian ministry where she had been working part-time for four years, but without explanation or even acknowledgement, those in authority chose to pass over her request for the position. She was left feeling confused and unappreciated as she had poured herself into the work with passion and commitment. Other people outside the organization interviewed for the job, but Rose was ignored. A pleasant, attractive man was selected for the job and presented to the staff. He graciously accepted the “welcomes” and well-wishes that were offered. Mortified and red-faced, Rose sat in humiliation like butter melting in a hot skillet. She hoped no one would notice her discomfort.

That night, Rose went home with her head hung and spilled out the whole disappointing story to God, her gentle and understanding Father. He, above all others, knew what it meant to be treated with disrespect and to be accused unjustly. He listened quietly to all of her complaints until her tears were spent.

The next day, word came that the new hire had called to turn down the job. He stated that he felt troubled in his spirit and knew that he did not belong there. In desperation, Rose’s boss asked her to fill the position. She was tempted to refuse, but she knew that’s where God wanted her to be. Focusing on Jesus, she knew she had a more important Boss to please and would work to please Him alone. She was reminded that God had a good plan for her life and was in control, even when circumstances looked impossible.

Hebrews 12: 1-3 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

-Joyce Hague

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