I am so incredibly blessed to write about my new job!!! Though, I’ve been hesitant to post it on Facebook for a couple of reasons: 1. I’ve found something that I already care so much about, and with that comes the possibility of losing it… So there’s that. And 2. This is “the life” and I don’t want to boast about it, I just wanna live it.
I have already learned so much about love, humility, service and caring for others and it’s only been a couple days! When sharing about this position with people, I’ve notice a common response… Something along the lines of, “Well, you could do better.” or “You are worth so much more.” I know everyone is psyched that I finally have a job, but there’s always that ‘What’s the next step?’ ‘Career?’ Which, I’ll admit, the days before starting this position, I questioned God about whether or not this was right for me.
Still, I was psyched! I was offered the Store Clerk position at Grateful Threadz Thrift Store with the Christian Appalachian Project on my twenty-seventh birthday. Can you say BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER?! Yeah. I’ll take that with a side of a drug test. Please and thank you.
If you’re at all worried… I passed my drug test ergo: Hello job! Hello joy!
I will assume that this question is running through your mind right about now: What about Minnesota? Through all of my traveling and job-searching, I came to the conclusion that, besides friends and family, there are three main things I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: 1. Jesus 2. Service and 3. People. CAP here presented me with a golden ticket to the land of Spirituality, Service and Community. So sorry Minnesota, but Kentucky won me over again!
I did, however, have one hindrance. The good ole worry of “Will I make enough money to survive?” I asked God about it, and I truly felt like He was telling me, “Sarah. If I give you everything… A long-desired job with CAP that directly serves your beloved Appalachian folks, a home in Berea, two amazing churches, great friends near and far, family nearby [including an ADORABLE niece] AND enough money to be comfortable… What will you need me for?! A little bit of discomfort is good for you. Look at your dear KY grandfolk, retired as they are, and yet still abounding with blessings of food, trinkets and generosity. And your pastors and their families, how friends provide them with entertainment and opportunities for fun and fellowship. Or think of the birds of the field, how I care for them.”
From The Message Bible – Matthew 6:25-26
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.”
At 608Worship this Sunday at Southland, towards the end of the praising sesh, I had these images come to mind as I sang along the lines of, “Holy Holy Holy. Holy Holy Holy are You, are You.” I saw myself washing the feet of strangers in the room. And then washing the feet of people I might meet at the store… Washing the feet of my friends. Washing the feet of family members… Washing the feet of members of my church family… Washing the feet of people I dislike… Washing the feet of people in authority… Washing the feet of other servants. It was a beautiful, powerful image. The soul-feelings are similar to how I can see God will work through this season of my life, how I’ve felt and strived to feel these past few days. God is teaching me how to love unconditionally, in an environment that is already bursting with care, humility, faith, acceptance and love. IT IS SUPER AWESOME!!! And I am so blessed, and grateful that God has lead to me to such a time as this.