Dec 16, 2010

Bloom where you are planted

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

I've been feeling very weary and complacent about my career.  I get joy through writing and doing videos for this blog, but when it comes to my actual job, I feel like I'm stuck in a rut.  I don't have anyone that I feel I can really relate to here, especially when it comes to my faith and my personal beliefs. 

I kept asking God why he was exposing me to things he was, especially at work.  Why would he want me in this environment?  Last night made me wonder that even more, at our office holiday party. 

However, yesterday morning I listened to a podcast by Joel Osteen and didn't realize his message was going to apply to me so specifically, especially that night.

He talked about how God protects us.  When we live with and in God, he will shield us from anything intended for our harm; that doesn't mean he's going to have us avoid problems or difficulties, but he'll help us to get through them.  Initially, I was thinking about harmful situations such as wrecking my car or injuring myself in a literal sense, but I realized it can be in any circumstance that one may consider harmful or hurtful. Joel told the story of how a man he knew was out working on a construction site when his walkie stopped working.  It had been fine all morning but for whatever reason he couldn't get a signal to contact his coworkers.  After 10 minutes of fiddling with it, he reluctantly decided to drive all the way back to base camp to get a new walkie.  When he was about 300 yards away, the crane he was next to just seconds before fell over, right where he had been standing. 

Then, yesterday, I heard two stories that were inspring and terrifying at the same time.  Did you guys hear about the gunman at the school board meeting?  The gunman was upset that his wife was let go from the school system and came to shoot the school board.  He did shoot at every board member in the room but miraculously missed every single one of them just by inches.  He ended up taking his own life.

In Chicago on Saturday, an unassuming tanning salon employee came face-to-face with the Honeybee killer (video included).  He made her bind her hands and feet.  Then, an innocent customer came in to tan -- he happened to be a built man -- and he too was forced behind the reception area to bind himself.  The man started to wrap rope around his hands when the gunman bent down to pick something up.  It was then that the customer darted towards the gunman, knocking him over and wrestled him for the gun.  Eventually the cops were called and the gunman was shot by his own gun while struggling over the firearm.

It's amazing to me that none of the innocent people in either of these stories were harmed!  People might claim that they were lucky, but really they were being held captive by the grace of God.

Anyway, with that being said, I realized why I am at this job.  It might be a struggle, it might be uncomfortable, it might not be what I want or what I think I need right now, but ultimately I know I'm here for a reason; maybe it's to help others, to influence them positively.  Joyce Meyers says that you can't quit a job just because everyone else at your work doesn't have faith.  How are they supposed to learn about being a Christian if there is nobody there to show them by example?  I'm confident that is my purpose here, if anything. 

While the work is far below what I'm capable of and the way I am treated is questionable a majority of the time, I know that I have learned so much about myself and have built a stronger faith since starting here -- since moving to LA in general.  I've always been so anxious about "changing" out here because you always hear how everyone sells their souls to the devil to get what they want.  But I am confident that I haven't changed (well, my style has slightly).  God has put me where I am so I can bloom where I am planted.  There is nothing coming at me that I cannot bear or handle.  I am thankful for that.

And sometimes, experiences aren't meant to benefit you, they're meant to benefit others.

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