A couple of weeks ago I had a doozy of a day. You can read the full blog post here, but in case you don’t feel like clicking there, I’ll give you another chance…
OK then, if you’re still reading this, you REALLY don’t feel like clicking, do you? I’ll give you a very short recap. I woke up. Things were sweet. I did stuff. Then things spiraled out of control. I prayed. I went to bed. The day was just whatever.
The “take-away” was to start my day with prayer and even if drama happens, perhaps the day won’t unravel.
Now, to follow up: I hadn’t been paid for the work I did that dramatic day. So for days and days and days I went back and forth with Amazon about the 2 shifts that I definitely worked, yet they would barely even acknowledge my existence in the emailed responses. Formatted emails were what I was getting. It got to a point where it was just silly. I would ask them a very specific question that, if a person was actually reading, they’d have a very specific answer. Still, nothing. Just vague emails with general policies.
I felt like I couldn’t win, but I wasn’t about to cave, either.
My prayer life was fervent because of this unproductive relationship I was having with Amazon. If there was any silver lining to the 2+ hours of volunteer work I had done for Amazon, it was this: a lesson learned about prayer and how the Bible says to “pray without ceasing.”
Now it’s been about 12 days since… and I have great news. Amazon, in their compassion (and perhaps annoyance of my constant nagging), decided to grant me a pay adjustment! Hallelujah there IS a God! So I totally got a two-fer… a lesson on the importance of praying and whatyaknow, I got paid to work. Crazy!
For being at the end of my rope and almost giving up, I’m grateful to God and the Amazonian who ruled the iron fist in my favor.
The take-away from part 2: well, I guess it’s something my brother told me years ago…
Work as though it all depends on you, and pray as if it all depends on God.
-Out of the Wilderness