Marilyn was extremely late. She being commited, courteous and always on time, we believed something must have happened. More time passed and her supervisor was not able to get Marilyn by phone. Our thoughts were with my colleague so much it was hard to conduct business. Wouldn't you know it. Here comes the Holy Spirit, "Ask them to pray with you."
I said, "No," many times and tried to ignore the prompting. Well, then I started to feel convicted about my disobedience and I was suddenly engaged in the battle of the flesh vs. the Spirit of God. After a 20 minute fight, the Spirit won. "We are all way to worked up and nervous. We need to pray. We need to pray. Will you pray with me."
In that prayer I asked the Lord to bring peace to the situation, to be with Marilyn and to have her call to let us know she was okay. Ya'll... I am not exaggerating when I tell you that no more than five minutes passed after saying, "Amen," the phone rang. Marilyn was fine and made it to the meeting. She was greeted by her supervisor exclaiming how we had just prayed for her to call and she did. Not many months after this a woman in that meeting gave her life to the Lord and is still walking today.
I mentioned fear and tension in part one of this series. The most quoted phrase in the Bible is "Fear not." We are not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7.) More than conquerors (Romans 8:37,) we serve a Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) who holds the heart of the king (your boss or anyone in authority over you) in the palm of His hand which He turns however He wills (Proverbs 21:1.) We know that every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord (James 1:17) and that He gives and takes away. When it comes to Jehovah Jirah (God our Provider) He will make sure we have what we need to fulfill our purpose for Him as we walk in His word and seek His face (Matthew 6:33.)
Your job is your mission field; your Kingdom assignment. We are in God's Army. While following the Holy Spirit if you are led to move from one job to another, those are your change orders; if you are laid off with no work to replace it, that is your furlough to rest until the Lord gives you your next assignment. If you are fired due to your belief, you have taken a hit for Christ. And, the Lord knew before hand and wouldn't allow it if it would interfere with His plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11.)
The place of employment is just the backdrop or stage He is uses in your life to build your character, bring someone to Christ or testify of His grace, goodness, mercy and love. In the eternal scheme of things, there is nothing to fear. So, stand. Be bold. Let your Light shine. Open up the door and step out of the closet with the confidence and love of Christ.