My daughter, and my only child has been a strong personality from the time she entered this world. Even so, she’s had a tendency to be a follower and not a leader, which has gotten her into trouble or has influenced her to make some not-so-good decisions.
Last year at the start of the summer, one of those decisions caused her to loose her job. Frantically she called me in much despair and confusion. During this time I was back-and-forth from Denver,Colorado to Nashville, TN, which I still occasionally do. Her frantic behavior brought worry to my soul, tears to my heart, and some chaos to my day; all based on the fact that she needed to keep the roof over her head and continue to provide nourishment to her body.
That evening, I recreated her resume and applied for over 19 positions within the Colorado Springs, CO region. Immediately, she started receiving responses to the applications I submitted. She started her new job August, 2018. This new position came with several benefits. One particularly she was enthusiastic about. You see, if she worked hard enough, within a year she could possibly work from her home office! I am so proud to say that within nine months into this new position, she has won numerous awards and started her remote position in June of this year, 2019, with a new home- office desk, to boot!
Although she is somewhat still determined to do her own thing, in other aspects she has proven the value of hard work and the rewards that come with it. I am really proud of her accomplishments. And, as I look back now on this year, the whole process of her being where she is today, reminds me of Jonah who wanted to do what he wanted to do, but God’s grace still showered him. The whale swallowed him and did not chew him up. It then spit him out to safety after he learned a valuable lesson. Yet, even with God showing his grace to the people in Nineveh, Jonah was not pleased. But yet again, God had to explain why it was important to be gracious to them.
My daughter called me today to say for the first time that she is ready to donate to CharlotteO Ministries. I was shocked and happily surprised, all the same… As we continued along in the conversation, it became challenging to get through. We were not seeing eye-to-eye. Yet, I know she means well. Like Jonah, it’ll take time. The leader in her is indeed still budding. And, this thrills my heart, so…