Staying composed after hearing our bosses ultimatum was challenging.
“You can either have your job or you can have your God.”
It was challenging, because I wanted to cry.
I couldn’t though…
Crying would have been unprofessional; immature.
It would have also been immature to tell the proprietor that he was being unfair; that what he had just said to us was unjust; that such an ultimatum violated the law as it relates to religion; that the Sabbath is made for men; and that he needed to wait a moment for my husband and I to telepathically have a conversation in front of him.
No… that would have been ridiculous. I couldn’t do that.
I certainly couldn’t freeze the world for a moment just so that my husband and I could understand what was happening; just so that we could come up with a solution; just so that we could see how we were going to overcome this problem— a problem that had felt like a mountain to us at the time.
Now we know that problems are not mountains but specks of dust:
For too long now we have been looking at problems that are bigger than us as mountains, and they appear as mountains if you focus on them. When you focus on the problem God looks small, when you focus on God the problem looks small. The truth is your problem is a speck of dust, and maybe even an illusion, but Jesus and His Kingdom are the Mountain. God takes us into the “Faith Zone” by allowing us to face situations that are bigger than us so that we can see demonstrations of His love, by His power (Seek God Ministries, 2016).
And we thank God for his love and his grace— for forgiving us in our moments of weakness as he has forgiven so many before us:
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says Jesus declared, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”.