The Path

Dear Readers,

     You never know what direction God is going to take you in life.  He certainly changed mine…

 

          THE PATH- Journal Entry September 19, 2012  2:30A.M.

 

     I need to write two stories that were heavy on my mind, when I was awakened at 2A.M.. 

     I believe with all my heart that everything in our lives happens for a reason.  Nothing is random.  These two examples are keeping me awake…

     1.  Recently, only days ago, at my volunteer job at the hospital, I carried several of my blog stories in the pocket of my pink smock, which are all true experiences from my past, hoping to be able to use them as a witness.  Before I entered the front door of the hospital I looked up to the sky and prayed, "Lord, if there is any person in there that I can plant a seed on for You, show me, so I can share my journal with them about what You have done in my life over the years.  Please, show me!" 

     Then I went to work.  My job is to bring complimentary sundries, magazines, and books to all the patients as a courtesy of the hospital.  I passed from room to room and it was pretty much routine.  Then, I came to one patient who was quite ill.  I said my usual spiel, "Hi, my name is Claire…." and when I was finished the patient looked up at me and said almost pleadingly, "Do you have anything I can read about God?"

      "Let me check my cart!" I said and proceeded to go through all my donated reading material.  I had nothing.  Not even a daily bread or an in touch, or a bible, left on my wagon.  Finally it dawned on me, "Your stories in your pocket!"  I grabbed all of them and said to the patient as I handed over my world, "I write a Christian blog of all the experiences in my life since I became a born-again believer.  They are all true stories!  Would you like to read some of them?"

     "Yes, I would!" my patient said excitedly.  And so I left them, anticipating planting a seed for someone in desperate need of God’s help.

     All things happen for a reason.  God directed me to that patient, on that day, in that hour, in that room, with those particular narratives in my pocket.  There was no other reason for us to bump into each other.  Something I wrote and experienced in the past hopefully, will touch that patient ‘s heart and Jesus will be invited in.  I have to believe God used me.  After over 35 years of writing, I know this is a ministry for me, and a bunch of little seeds for others.  These encounters just don’t happen by accident.  There are just to many variables.

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      2.  This second story keeping me awake, happened back in the early nineties.  Jobs were scarce, just like today.  My husband was out of work.  I was a real estate broker, but housing sales had collapsed and nothing was selling.  Absolutely nothing!  So, I grabbed whatever work I could find, and ended up driving school bus.  The hours also worked around my continued attempt at real estate sales.

     A year passed and housing sales got worse, jobs became even more scarce.  My hubby was still out of work.  We were desperate for income as my school bus job paid only $50 a day, and his unemployment was about to run out.  I prayed and prayed, "Please Lord, we can’t survive, please help me find a full-time job!"

     Then, one day I came home from the morning half of my school bus route, and my neighbor across the street was outside in his yard and I heard God’s voice nudge me to ask him if they were hiring at his company (WRTA) which was city bus driving.  The last thing I wanted in the world was to drive a city bus, but it was now critical.

     "Yes, they are hiring two people!" he shouted back to me.  "Go down right now and apply.  I will put in a good word for you.  There are over 200 applications there already, but I will pull yours out of the pile!"  I jumped in my car and went right to the city and applied, and was called that night to come in the next day for training.

     But, here’s the important part!  I almost failed the training period because I was such a timid driver that my teacher wasn’t going to recommend me for the job.  The big boss wasn’t sure, so another inspector took me out for an extra training day.  I was so nervous that when I turned a corner with my 40′ bus, I couldn’t make it, and I broke down in tears right there at the intersection.

     "I really need this job!" I told him as I cried.  "Please don’t fail me!" I sobbed harder, "Please don’t fail me!"  He proceeded to spend extra time with me and showed me several safety tips that no one else had ever taught me.  He really went the extra mile, but God already had a grip on his heart, and locked up that position for me.  When we returned to the bus barn, he went to the big boss and said, "Let her go, she’ll be fine!"  That was good enough for the manager, and I was officially hired. 

     I didn’t know whether to be elated or angry.  I would now have a great paying job, way out of my career field, working nights, weekends, and holidays for years.  I knew it was going to be tough and it was not what I was educated to do, but the Lord answered my prayers at a time when it was impossible to get a good job anywhere in the country.

     I went on in a few years, to get a promotion and become the first full-time lady dispatcher /inspector at a facility of over 100 male and female drivers.  I ended up retiring from that company, not exactly what I would have chosen for a career ending.

     Everything happens for a reason in our lives.  Every single thing!  God takes us all on different paths.  Paths we might never ever choose for ourselves, or even expect sometimes.  But, if they are from God, we can not fail.  Psalms 23:3a says, "He leads me in the paths of righteousness, For His name’s sake."  (NKJV)

 

                                   Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

 

John 12:26+27, "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.  Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?  ‘Father, save me from this hour?’  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour."  (NIV)

Acts 2:28, "You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."  (NIV) 

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