DAY 29 with Teresa Ann:
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Sitting in the oversized chair with my hot coffee accompanying me as I opened my inbox. I began to read the email to see the status of my new work assignment from my temp agency. As I read through the assignment details from the location to who I answer to and compensation, I was brought back to what I wrote on Day 8.
As I read the devotional from day 8 again, I was taken back at how often there’s a “running joke” of those who say (Especially with those of us within the church world, “Well let me pray about it first”). So often we roll our eyes when we hear this as many times it’s used as an excuse to kindly say, “No”.
Yet I thought about how this is truly a MUST, no matter the connotation, it is a needed habit and here’s why…I am reminded of the scripture reference in James 4:13-17. It urges us to not boast about tomorrow and flippantly say, “We will do this and that”, when we have no idea what will happen tomorrow, let alone the next second. “Life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.”
This reminder led me to think of the temp agency I work for. The agency I work for sends us, their employees, out to their different clients to help with administrative jobs. We, the temp agency employees are the representatives as we must run everything through our contact at the agency. So if there’s a manager from where we are assigned to work, if they attempt to tell us when to come in and what to do and it’s contrary to what my agency has said, I must tell the hiring client that I need to go back to my agency to get approval.
So it is with our life with GOD. Whenever we tell someone or are told by others what we see them doing or what they see us doing; or there was a vision and we saw someone in it or they saw us in it, we MUST still take those propositions to the LORD. So often we have seen something for someone or others may have seen something with us, but there’s conflict in that we or they have not heard that for ourselves or themselves.
It is a reminder that those are the moments we get to say, “I am honored you thought of me, but I’ve got to make sure I take that back to the LORD as I haven’t heard from HIM on this.” If there is not understanding to that, then that has been a highlight to discern we don’t go forward with them. Just as with the temp agency, if there were ever a contradiction to the agreement between the client and the agency, and there is continued conflict without wanting resolution, then the agency will instruct their employee to not report to that assignment and they will send them elsewhere.
All in all, here’s what is so amazing about all of it; we get to include GOD in our every moments. HE has our back more than we could ever imagine. He is the ONE we answer to as HE is the ONE who has sent us.
REFLECTION OF THE WORD WITH HOLY SPIRIT:
Proverbs 27:1; James4:13-17
- With the seeming inability to say, “No” at times, especially for those who put it on themselves to do “everything”; do you see the powerful reminder of why we must not be so quick to say, “Yes” or “No” to things but to quickly respond to GOD by going to HIM?
- GOD is not going to get tired of us going to HIM. HE finds great pleasure in that. Do you see that in our GOD? Now we as people, I believe most of us, if someone were to come to us constantly about their every simple decision, we would probably get tired of it.
- For us to constantly go back to the Father, our accountability to GOD and ourselves is to not be boastful in our “Yes” or “No” to something that is far reaching than the now. Is there an area of your life where you are getting to go to GOD?
- What have YOU been learning about HIM in this time of getting to report back to HIM?