May 9, 2016 – Monday
Deuteronomy 31:8 [NIV] The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
When my son was born, I planned not to seek a professional job away from family – until he was at least school-age. But things happen and, when he was barely out of diapers, I received a phone call with a job offer. After much prayer, I accepted the position. So my son and I moved away from family and everything that brought comfort and security.
As you might expect, the new location left me with no immediate support system. And the demands of my new position left me little time to create one. I began to feel very discouraged.
But as the darkness of lonesomeness crept in, I started to hear His whispers. “Don’t be afraid. I’m at your side. I called you here, didn’t I? I’m not going to forsake you or your little boy.”
Have you ever left the comfort of familiarity for a door He opened?
As a Christian public servant, God provides you with career opportunities so you can use the gifts and talents He needs where He needs them. Sometimes this requires you to walk through the valley of uncertainty and loneliness. But when that happens, just hear His whispers – know He is with you.
Today at work, challenges and opportunities may come in many forms. Too much work. An unreasonable boss. A disagreeable coworker. An irate citizen. God probably wants you to stay put and do His work where you. But then again, He may need you to take a new position far away from family and friends. Whether he wants you to stay or go, you may feel so all alone in following Him.
Whatever the challenge, just stop and hear His whisper. Know He is with you. Dedicate the challenge as an opportunity to serve His glory.
Yes, at work today, hear His whisper. He’s not leaving you, nor is He forsaking you!
Father God, I thank You for challenges and growth opportunities. Allow me to always remember, in the midst of everything, You are here. Help me hear Your whispers when I feel alone or discouraged. Let the challenges I face help me to become a better servant. Let me keep my focus on You and be sensitive to Your voice. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Erica Everette, MPA
Eligibility Review Analyst
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Richmond, Virginia USA