Almost missed it
I will write more on my experiences today, but wanted to write “something” now.
Last week I received a letter from the employment office stating I had a mandatory meeting to attend, to tell me how to utilize the employment office to get a job. Yesterday I was called to take a position in the Salem Hospital and would report to work Monday AM. I didn’t think I needed the class since I have a job, but went anyway to tell someone in person (forget about calling and talking to someone … too long of a wait).
I went in and stated I was here for the class, and then asked since I was starting a job next Monday, if it was needed. They said “yes, of course … but only if you want your unemployment benefits.” I signed in, and just to be sure asked someone else, and they gave the same response. So I waited in class. What is funny is that I thought they might do so, so I began praying “God while I have to be here … is there anything you want done?” A guy I hadn’t seen for a long time from church, Joe, walked up to me and reacquainted himself with me. We ended up talking for a bit before the class and during the break. He asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in their open youth pastor position at church, and I said that I did. I gave him the name and we discussed other matters. After the second hour as we were working on the resume through (iMatch skills) I was dismissed and even told “boy if I had known that you had a job, I wouldn’t have made you stay). argh.
I don’t know if that connection would pan out or not, but it made me think a little. If I had been fairly sour and rude to the staff and put off the big show that “I don’t have to be here” (and specifically because I knew that parts of our conversations were overheard by the eavesdroppers in fron and to the side of us) then …
1) my image of Jesus in me would have just been tainted
2) I couldn’t have reconnected with Joe
3) that possible connection for ministry may not have ever happened
I think that is a good reminder to live out the concept of “as you walk”. (Something I will bring up after a while).