Well I am off on another trip for work, this time it’s back to Koln, Germany than off to Pone, India, one week in each. That is a lot of time changes to deal with in a short time, it really plays havoc on my system, but such is life. Trying to get all the plans together at my job is a little ruff, dealing with time differences, cultural differences, and as I learned each of our offices around the world have different contracts for air fare. This made for a hard time getting my ticket, and I really didn’t know when I was leaving until 11am New Years eve. That makes it really hard to let anyone I deal with know what’s going on, and it makes it hard for me to plan out my days leading up to my departure. I have obligations that take my time outside of work, but it was hard to give exact answers to the questions “Can you help” “Will you be there” and so on. Plus I have to also get my household in order, make sure the young man living here has all he needs and make sure the neighbors know I am leaving and when.
Add too all this the fact that over the Christmas holiday I had to deal with the death on my 23 year old nephew along with all the Christmas preparations and New Years stuff going on, and my time was thin at best. But in the end it all got done, I was not able to help out with the youth group like I wanted too, we had our 8th grade lock-in, but I was not sure of my departure time when I was told I needed to give a yes or no, so I had to say no. I was sad about that, I love dealing with the youth, but such is life.
Today I am running around making sure I have everything in order, and that’s proving to be a bit hard, as you may have know from reading other postings of mine, I am currently in a bankruptcy, but what you may have not know is that the first one was dismissed due to some error in recording, so I have to start all over. I started this process when I returned from my last trip (just before Thanksgiving) and its still in process. This makes me a little nervous because I have to send in the money when they request it, and I may not be in the country when that happens. I have been calling and emailing my lawyer, but not with much success; on top of all that Chrysler just told me that they want my Jeep back… UGGH! (As Charley Brown would say).
It would seem that the world is out to get me, but as Jesus told us:
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?
Good advice! Jesus promises us that if we place our concerns with him everything will work out. Maybe not how we think it should, but it will work out.
So as I prepare to leave once again, I am reminded to lay my concerns at the foot of the cross, to allow Jesus to carry the load of burden for me; For God will provide what I need when I need it, what a comforting thought. In the end, if we place our trust in Him, all will be right with the world!
Now that don’t mean we do nothing, in fact it means we do more. We must pray more and pay more attention to what we are doing and saying and we must be good Stewarts of the gifts God has provided for us.
So in that spirit I will keep calling and emailing my lawyer, keep trying to get my company to better understand the need to timely decisions that affect my life and choose more wisely what I say and do. Than I can place my concerns at the foot of the cross knowing that I have done all I could, and now it’s up to Jesus.