“Truth has a powerful way of interrupting our runaway feelings if only we’ll get it in front of us.” Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes*
Checking to see if there was a new posting on Craigslist for a part-time job, I thought surely I could find a job within biking distance. Riding my bicycle to work would actually be a way to get my exercise in. Now, if I could just find a job …
When I left court reporting and began staying home to be a homemaker and writer, it wasn’t a planned decision. It just kind of happened when our second car suddenly died on the way back from Orlando. And at first it seemed like an answer to my prayers.
I was finally able to feel on top of the cleaning. No more grabbing clothes out of the laundry basket because I hadn’t had time to get them folded. I even tried ironing the sheets. I’d read about the bliss of crawling into bed and sleeping on ironed sheets in my Martha Stewart magazine. And I just had to try it.
Now that I have the blog, I don’t try ironing the sheets, but I do get the clothes hung up, folded, and put away every time. It turns out it’s actually faster to deal with the clothes right away and gives me the added benefit of a sense of peace and accomplishment knowing the laundry is done for the day : )
So why was I looking for a job if everything was great? Fear. You know, the what ifs. What if we can’t make it on one income? How will we pay the bills and buy food?
Every once in a while money would get tight, and I would think the only way for us to make it is if I get a job. Then I would pull out my phone and read every part-time job listing on Craigslist.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with working. I worked outside the home for the first 17 years of marriage. The Bible even says in Proverbs 12:11, “A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense” (NLT).
I certainly don’t want to be a person who chases fanatasies, but it was fear that motivated me to look for a job. And my fear would block my view of God. My fear would make me doubt God’s calling on my life. And my fear would cause me to second-guess God’s provision.
God has given me a call to write, and He has been so faithful through it all. But every once in a while I have to remind myself of His past faithfulness, get in His Word, and trust that since He’s called me He will provide. So I put down the Craigslist app and search for the truth in God’s Word because writing is my best yes : )
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