“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 125:1-2 NIV)
As Christian Women in the Workplace, we want to demonstrate God in decisions we make, what we do and how we do it. We strive to be as efficient as possible and to manage our time well. We have a job to do which we want to do well. We focus on practical policies, procedures and quality improvement approaches to do what we need to do.
Sometimes, however, God allows us to go on an unexpected journey. It may be a journey we’d never think up or expect. It may be a journey which we do not want to take. It may not have anything to do with our work, but will impact it.
I am writing this post in loving memory of my sister Sherry who passed a short time ago. Since her diagnosis of a rare cancer just 5 months ago, Sherry taught me many things. As we navigated this unexpected journey as a family, I have been impacted by the love, guidance and provision of God. As I look back over the past 5 months I can see where He sustained all of us. Although I will not know the reason for this journey until I see my Lord in heaven, we know He had a purpose. Sherry knew there was a purpose. Was it because Sherry accepted Christ as her Savior during this journey? We do not know, but knowing she was saved makes all the difference as we deal with her not being physically with us.
God never told us we would not have hardships; He told us He would be with us. I have looked back at what I wrote as I helped to care for my sister. I hope the following insights will be helpful to you if you too find yourself on a journey which you did not expect to be on.
This was a very difficult journey. I am thankful I can look back, seeing how God was with us then and is with us now. He gave us the strength to take each step, the love to carry us through, and the peace to carry on, knowing we will see Sherry again in heaven. If you are on this kind of journey yourself right now, I pray these words will be comfort to you. If you know of someone who is going through a difficult time, I pray you will consider sharing this post with them.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work