For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. —Jeremiah 29:11-12
Having not worked full time for four years, and unable to secure part-time employment due to health issues (and possibly my age), I finally found a wonderful part-time job two days a week. I never lost hope or believed that God had forgotten or abandoned me. With my faith, love of God and his word—coupled with my amazing church family and their support—I always felt I would be all right. I had never worked in this position before, but I had extensive experience in the industry, and I was hired immediately. The management and staff could not have been more supportive in assisting me with my new duties.
Unfortunately, nine months into my new job, the pain I had been experiencing in my right knee became more intense. I continued to work, determined to at least make a year in my new position. Which I did, barely. Then I resigned. I had to have my knee totally replaced, a surgery and rehabilitation I was all too familiar with, having gone through it before and knowing that the process of healing is between four to six months or longer. My surgeon told me he could not believe what he found when he opened my knee—it was so loose he could take the parts out with his hand. You can only imagine the pain I had been going through. But I was so happy with my new job and being a part of a wonderful group of people that I didn’t want to face it.
This passage from Jeremiah gives me the strength and peace to remain calm and wait on the Lord. Who knows, I might be back at that wonderful job someday!
O Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, O Light never failing, who has allowed me to share in your suffering on the Cross, look with mercy on me, for I submit my whole self to your wisdom and love. Amen.
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