Work had reached a whole new level of difficulty. The administrative changes had taken a once supportive, amazing team and turned us into a very dysfunctional group. Once a joy to go work, it had turned into a nightmare.
As I drove home one Friday, I did not know if I would go back Monday. As I talked to my husband for about the 100th time about all the changes at work, he asked me if I had listened to my CD. (Side note: gifting CDs was considered a nice gift before iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify took over. He had given me a CD of one of my favorite gospel artists, Yolanda Adams.) I gave him that look. You know that look like, Really? That’s all you got? I needed him to confirm for me that quitting was okay, but he didn’t. On that Monday, as I drove back to work, the CD came on as I started the car.Now, I know I did not have this CD playing. I was all set to listen to the Tom Joyner morning show and laugh all the way in to the office.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord is what it says in Psalm 105:6.
That is what God’s Word tells us. It was not until I grew in my relationship that I understood that as I praised the Lord, my strength grew. Not only did my strength grow, but the Lord began to use the lyrics to these songs to speak to my heart, speak to my battles.
This CD would not be the first time God would take a beautifully written worship song to worship him to give me direction.
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you. Exodus 23:25.
The battles I am able to encounter through worshipping him. The rhema words I have received through songs. My light has shined brightly because I chose to worship him.
As I continued on my journey to work that morning, the CD was on its third song, Be Still. I began to listen a little more intently:
Slow down, come close and listen
Its been a long time since we’ve gotten together like this
And I really miss you.
I told you you could talk to me
But it’s easier for you, I see.
For you to rush, and get in a hurry
To be anxious and to worry
Instead of coming to me and remaining in my safety
You’d rather do all yourself
But you know you need my help
Oh, my gosh! I had allowed the enemy to feed me lies. I was not a quitter.
I am more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthen me – Romans 8:37.
As I drove in shock down the interstate, I did the only thing I could do. I prayed. I asked for forgiveness. I asked for strength. I asked for wisdom. I asked for peace as I walked into the office.
I would love to be able to tell you that everything changed that day and my dysfunctional team was miraculously made whole again. However, I can tell you that I know Who to go to when I am under attack.
When trouble arises, I do like Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles 20:22, I worship my Father and I let Him fight for me. I know when I am weak that I need to sit at my Father’s feet. God inhabits the praises of his people – Psalm 22:3.
I am encouraged to know that when I lift the Father up, His sweet spirit falls on me and I receive all the help I need.
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.