Give me a word, Lord: KEEP ON WORKING

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

I Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Yesterday was a manic Monday. I work as a nurse practitioner in a small, but very busy medical clinic. Mondays are always the busiest day of the week it seems, and truthfully, yesterday wasn’t really any busier than any other Monday. However, it seemed to be overwhelmingly tiring to this girl. COVID 19 has changed the way we do things. Because our clinic is small, we are seeing all potentially COVID 19 patients curbside. This means that we don all of our personal protective equipment and evaluate the patients at their vehicle. So we are running outside to see the sick patients and running around inside seeing the well patients, and I’m going to admit it can make a body weary. There is hardly time to stop for a potty break, and we do not close for lunch so we enjoy bites of food from our desk in between visits. When I got off last night, I had a little talk with the Lord, and I asked Him if this is what I was truly supposed to be doing because quite frankly, this girl was worn slap out.

I know that my conversation with God didn’t surprise Him. You see, we talk all day long. Well, I talk, He listens. There is a whole lot of distractions and racket going on, so sometimes, I can’t hear Him answering. That’s my fault, not His. I arrived at home after the crazy chaos of the day, and my sweet husband (who also had worked hard all day) had the shower running for me and supper on the table. I slowly unwound with my sweet family, we read our Bible together, and I hit the sack. I talked to God some more, and I think I dozed off praying. I do that quite often. I feel bad when I fall asleep talking to the Lord, but then I think, “what better place to fall asleep than in the arms of my Savior.” Sometime during the night, He woke me up. I never hear the audible voice of God, but I do know when I hear from Him. He reminded me that my job is not just a job. It is my passion. It is my calling. I don’t work hard every day for men, but rather for Him. And no matter how busy or tough the day seems to be, He is always there with me seeing me through.

Peeps, when God gives you a passion and it’s a calling from Him, you can rest assured that He will see you through each and every day. I woke up this morning with a renewed attitude. Instead of thinking, “oh man, I have to go to work again, and it’s going to be a hard day,” I’m thinking, “I get to go to work today, and it’s going to be a great day! I know this because the good Lord told me so!” My job isn’t the toughest one out there by any means. I admit that I get physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted at times, but even on the hardest days, God puts His arms around me and nudges me along the way. I can see His presence. I can feel His strength. I only have to remember that He is there. He reminds me why I do what I do. He reminds me that I love being a nurse practitioner. I love my patients. I love my co-workers. I love that God put me in a job that also doubles as a mission field. I’m still blown away by the fact that in this big old world, God has time to speak to me, reassure me, and strengthen me. God is so very good!

Today, when the day starts to get crazy and chaotic, stop for just one moment and pray. Ask God to guide your steps and control the day. He’s always there, and I promise, if you are working for Him, everything will always work out for your good and His glory! Keep on working for the Lord!

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