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Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)
TITLE: Reverberations of My Conscience
By Darren Pettis
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“Hey Brandon, the boss wants to see you in his office.”
“Hey boss, you wanted to see me?”
He is a burly man who always had crumbs in his mustache.
“Have a seat. Do you remember our conversation a couple months ago?”
“Yes sir. We talked about how God works in mysterious ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.”
“No. You talked about how God works in mysterious ways. We discussed your production numbers. We talked about showing results. Brandon, what have you shown me other than pages of red ink?”
“I know boss, my numbers are down, but I have this gut feeling that things are going to change.”
“You don’t have that fire in your belly, that demanding desire to get all the money on the table. That’s our mission statement: More money, less friends.”
“I thought our mission is to serve our clients with quality service …”
“That’s on paper … What we really care about is profits, and you aren’t cutting it. I’m sorry, but we’ve decided to let you go.”
This lump in my throat would not pass. The only thing running through my thoughts were of my wife.
I shared the haunting feelings of a first year medical student visiting the morgue. I never once felt as awkward and hesitant coming home to see my beautiful wife and our newborn baby. Lord, give me strength.
“Hey hun … muahh … how was your day?”
If I could freeze time—I would rather stay here. I cherished the moment of our kiss. It was the best thing I heard all day. It made the hair of my skin raise to attention.
“Oh, just another day at the office … You know, a day when they hand out separation notices,” he uttered between breaths.
“Okay Julie, here’s the deal ….”
“Are you telling me you lost your job?”
Squinting with a sunken pose, “Yeah, I was fired … It’s not the end of the world.”
“Brandon … What are we going to do? I quit my job to stay at home with Gracie. How are we going to pay our mortgage, our car payment, utility bills, or buy diapers, formula, food …?”
“The Lord has a plan for us Jewels. He will provide for us.”
Even during the storms of life, I see through a lens of hope, faith, and trust. Focusing on and trusting in Him and leaning not to my own understanding … reverberated throughout my mind. In hindsight, I did not miss my job. Although it has been a dejecting three weeks—the longest of my life, my faith in God is unwavering.
Lord, you are aware of our needs, and we are forever grateful of our blessings. Father my wife’s heart is a treasure relieve her worries. Lead and guide us in the direction You have planned. Lord it is your will to show blessings to your children. Your grace, love, and mercy are never-ending and unfailing … Thank you Father.
Wow! After talking to God, I feel relieved.
“Seriously honey,” Julie digressed. “God is great, but He want be paying our bills. We’ve spent all of our savings on the new car.”
“I have my prayed, and my discerning thoughts are the same: trust and wait on Him.”
“My concerning thoughts are to discuss them with future employers, Julie fired out.
“I’ve applied for fifty jobs, received three callbacks, and one interview. God operates in His own time … why the third degree?”
“I love you”, she bawled. “I’m sorry … If God operates on His own time then we need immediate surgery.”
“I understand your grief honey, I really do. God will provide for us. He keeps His promises. Trust me. Trust God! We can’t go against the grain that God has set for us—it’s His plan. Have I ever misled you?”
“No.” Julie wept as her eyes tracked with his. “I just wished I had had more faith in God like you.”
Brrring … Brrring … Brrring
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
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