A True Flower to Gaze Upon
ARTIFACT • FLOWER
I wasn’t a guy who dressed up, and frankly, I am still not that good at getting snazzy. However, I was doing my best to present myself as a mature, professional individual. I am not sure the bleached hair was helping this cause. Multiple days in a row, the first thought I had each morning was, “What questions will they ask me today?” Never before had I been in a position where every person I spoke with had such high expectations for me, a man they had just met for the first time. At the time, it seemed like a fluke that I was even in this scenario to begin with. There were candidates who were far more qualified than I was, with greater intelligence, gifting, and experience. I remember one interview question specifically, “If you come to work for us, what will happen to the kids you leave behind?” It hit me like a ton of bricks. I had no idea how to answer this question. How was I to be in two places at once, serving two groups of students at the same time? I couldn’t answer, and it made me feel incredibly unprepared for a transition. It was in this moment that I affirmed the great responsibility it was to be a role model in the lives of young children. I did not want to take lightly the call to be a Pastor in God’s church, these people obviously didn’t. I felt in over my head and balmy.
MY SUCCESS IN THIS JOB WOULD HAVE TO COME FROM GOD.
Sitting in the receptionist area, waiting for my final interview, I asked God to help calm my nerves. Opening my well worn Bible, of which the fake leather binding was almost completely eroded, I came to a page I had enjoyed often. Colorful highlights and littered with notes I read this verse.
A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8 NIV
Comfort filled my heart. Taking focus off of myself, a feeble human being, I turned my attention to the Word of God which endures forever. Today is a fresh opportunity to glance at your circumstances and gaze at The Lord.