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Topic: Expert (09/05/13)
By Carla Rogers
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My demeanor was clouded with stormy thoughts of pending loss since I had received a notice that I had twenty days to come up with the back payment on the house. Brushing tears from my eyes, I gently dropped the job application and resume in the mail, praying for a job-type of miracle. The application was neither for a job that was any where near my comfort zone nor in my field of expertise, but I was desperate for the back payment money.
Tears flowed bird-free as I looked up at the clouds, hoping for some kind of sign that everything would turn out fine. I thought of how great it would be if God would bring a ladder down to me, which I would quickly climb to the peacefulness of him. Losing the house wouldnít matter in heaven; my only care would be that I would be with Jesus. I imagined in the clouds Jacobís ladder with angels going up and down. What a glorious sight, my own personal escalator to peace.
Bringing my eyes back to earth, it felt like the weight of the world had come crashing down on me. Learning that twenty years of hard work and education made me an expert in nothing in the worldís eyes was heartbreaking. After twenty years, I wasnít sure how to become an expert in another field in a short amount of time. In this economy, experts are not valued. Part time worker bees are the most sought out group.
Making it into the house, I opened the laptop hoping to find something to lift my spirits, praying that God would lead me to something. I wasnít sure what. Scrolling through Facebook, a friend shared a post from Faithwriters. Intrigued about Faithwriters, I felt God prompting me to push on. I spent the afternoon clicking through the site, getting more excited with each click. The stories and devotionals from people in my exact situation encouraged me as only God can. I also stumbled across the Great Writing Challenge. Hum, could this be Godís way to encourage me to purse a career that I didnít think was my strong suit?
I dared myself to enter the writing challenge. Thoughts of writing in high school filtered through my mind. The passing grade I received just for correcting my spelling and grammar caused me to doubt. But why would God bring me to this site if I wasnít supposed to try it out? So, I wrote my first ever story. And I waited. And I waited for what seemed like forever. Then the exciting time came. I was in the bottom top half of the beginners and I made the bottom of the over all. I was so excited, but decided to learn all I could.
I am not an expert yet, but I am learning fast. I am thankful that God led me to a site that had a faith based answer, that had a faith based cause, and faith based members who encouraged and helped all along the way.
Father, I pray that other people who are unemployed do not give up. I pray that you will find a way to lead them and guide them on to their new career that was planned just for them by you. Amen.
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