The Christian Public Servant – “that desert called no job”

July 26, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading
Psalm 63:1,3 [ESV] O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water… Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

Reflection
Someone I know lost her job about a year ago. It wasn’t anything she did, the state just had to cut the budget and her agency was eliminated. She worked over 20 years in that office, and now she had to find other work. The problem was, there were no jobs to be had, and even part-time jobs at fast-food restaurants were not hiring. She quickly lost her apartment and, with no family, she stayed at our home a few nights. But she left to drive around the region to find work. She became homeless and lost contact with everyone else.

Then I saw her yesterday, and I hardly recognized her. Yet she smiled when I approached, and greeted me like a brother. You see, she has not given up hope. Rather than turning to the seamy side of life – or worse, contemplate suicide – she quickly realized Who she needs from the first day she landed in that desert called no job. It may sound silly, but she found water where there was no water. And it is only God’s steadfast love that keeps her going.

I wish I could say my friend is out of that desert called no job. She has found a room in a homeless apartment building, and she volunteers at a church dedicated to serving the homeless. She is now seriously considering a ministry serving the homeless. She has hope, and always has had hope, because of God’s steadfast love.

Today, I hope you are not in that desert called no job. But if you are, remember Who you thirst for. Remember for Whom your flesh faints. I’m sorry to say miracles don’t always happen overnight. Your time in that desert called no job may be longer than you think. And it may be hard to understand that His steadfast love is better than what you were doing before, and His love is better than what you will be doing after. But have faith that His love is better.

If you are in that desert called no job, force your lips to praise Him. For your soul will not thirst, and your flesh will not want. He promises you this, and much more. And He keeps His promises.

Prayer
Father God, I pray for all who find themselves in that desert called no job. I know I was once there for a seemingly long time. But I also know that my soul did not thirst, and my flesh did not want. My lips will praise You throughout my life. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

James D. Slack, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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