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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 3, 2011 - Whom Do You Trust?

By Verinda M. Birdsong

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV).

I got fired recently. I saw it coming. With the new store manager’s entrance, I had felt uneasy. Suddenly this part-time second job I had asked God to give me was turning into something I didn’t want. Working at the gift shop was physically draining with responsibilities beyond my expectation, including running the store alone on the weekends. God blessed me with the extra finances, but my gut feelings told me, “This isn’t for me.”

In retrospect, I believe the uneasiness was God’s way of leading me to quit the job. I didn’t have the courage to quit, so God allowed the new store manager to say, “Your services are no longer needed.”

But with the job gone, I was in disbelief and wondering about the future. I needed that additional income.

Proverbs teaches us three things to live by and to remember during troubling circumstances.

“Trust in the Lord.” Do not put more trust in yourself, your talents, your mind or in others above the Lord.

“... with all your heart.” God deserves our trust, loyalty and faith. Our lives belong to Him, and we should give Him all of who we are by duty and desire.

“Lean not on your own understanding.” That’s a big one. Overcoming self-sufficiency, a source of pride, is necessary in order to hear His still, quiet voice and to observe the Lord at work in your life. This will keep you from stumbling when bad things happen.

As I was asking God, “Why did this happen?” my answer came in the strangest way. At my full-time job, after more than 30 years of working at the same job, my manager lost her position. Two days later, another manager in the same department became my new boss. She gave me the opportunity to work overtime for pay.

Hard lessons are forged in the flames of adverse circumstances. I am learning that God can bring good out of evil. He can also provide whatever we need when we need it. We can trust the Lord.

— Verinda Birdsong lives in Baltimore, Md., where she is a columnist writing about homelessness and is committed to sharing her love for God, and she worships at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.

 

 

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