Peter is attending the LIFT conference at our church this weekend. Last night the choir sang and he got to stay and listen to most of Louie's message. It really spoke to him about several things. The conference is really for worship leaders, but a message can still be taken away for all of us.
He spoke about how God was able to find David and call him out of the life he had as a shephard into the role He had planned for him. Sometimes we are waiting to be discovered. And sometimes it feels as though we cannot find what God wants us to do. If God can find David in the middle of a field with sheep, He can find "us" and find the work that He has for us to do. (Psm 78:70-72)
70 He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.
Peter shared that he really feels like he has no contacts here in this area and how hard it is to make connections with people to get work. Whether it is his insurance sales or construction work or sending out resumes. Sometimes it feels so futile.
But, God is completely aware of all the details and is able to find Peter no matter where he is located, and find just what He wants him to do, whatever his calling may be. I think Peter feels it is such a struggle because he doesn't really have a reputation here. Sending out resumes to add to the piles that companies are getting (particularly in the construction industry) seems futile. He is gaining a reputation and some referrals but the process is very slow. And can feel defeating. It feels like he cannot find what he is suppose to do.
And there is hope in that.
It's not a matter of resigning himself to laying on the couch and waiting for the next thing to come. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm saying, working at it with all his heart (Col 2:23)
3 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Not for MAN... but for God! and seeing how God FINDS him in all of this.
so this is what it looks like:
started out with prayer together and
Peter had some contacts for insurance sales...he was encouraged
His friend Mick, a personal trainer, is on a personal mission to share Peter's resume with everyone he can think of to help out. (thanks Mick)
2 of the people he sent resumes to called back yesterday. One is a exterminating company...(anything can help...so we'll see) and another is a company that built a huge conference/convention center near where we live. He will be getting back to them next week.
Today he is at the LIFT conference (free to him for being in the choir--a blessing) and is being encouraged spiritually.
Still waiting and seeking, but God is God and is so good. I'm so glad we serve such a BIG God that also knows us so intimately.