One day, when she reported for her shift, she was met with some unexpected adversity. For some reason, her manager was in a bad mood and took it out on her.
Typically warm and helpful, the woman was gruff and short, and seemingly determined to give her staff a hard time.
Being in a superior position, the manager had power to switch things around and make changes, as long as she had the approval of her direct boss.
Well, she got the clearance to move my relative from waiting tables in her regular section to another area in the restaurant that didn't get very much traffic.
This was a huge problem. Considering the fact that tips meant everything, she needed that money desperately. So my family member was bummed out because low traffic meant low tips.
After asking why the switch was made, her manager gave a snappy answer. "You never work in that other section, that's why I did it!”
Mind you, these two usually got along royally. They talked outside of work and had forged a close bond, which made the sudden negative change in attitude even more confusing.
Baffled by the mean demeanor and unfair decision, my relative, who had been working there for years tried to plead her case. She pointed out, "This section is reserved for rookies and you never put veteran waitresses in this section."
She was hoping for a change of heart from her manager.
But one did not come.
The manager was adamant. It was set in stone.
Feeling somewhat dejected about the bad situation her bosses placed her in, my relative was understandably upset. Yet, she didn’t act out or throw a tantrum. She simply dutifully waited tables, all while praying and pleading that God would come to her rescue.
Her budget really couldn't take a hit.
Although management put her in a tough position, in response to her prayer, she told me that God gave her favor with the parties that did come to dine in her area. They were very liberal with the tips.
Remarkably, she made more money that day in the low traffic area on a slow weekday than she typically earned in her regular section.
She was so thankful to God that something good came out of a bad situation.
Friend, less than ideal circumstances pop up in all of our lives. I just gave one simple example, but we know there are many more.
Sometimes, difficult people try to do vindictive things to hurt us. At other times opposition manifests in various ways.
Still, no matter what happens, you have to remember that God did not promise an adversity-free life. By His power, however, we will overcome the adversary.
As I often say, the weapon may be formed, but it won’t prosper.
Now, I know it feels awful when you’re placed in a position in which you feel helpless, mistreated, diminished or battered. I have been there. It hurts. It is emotionally frustrating and draining.
Trust me. I understand. I really do.
But even though the odds seem to be stacked against you during these moments, you have to remember that the Lord is standing up for you.
He is on your side.
Even when others seek to do you hurt without cause or when life deals what feels like an unfair hand, God will come to your aid.
I know He will.
He has done it for me time and time again.
So what are you going through today?
Whatever it is, resist the urge to get all worried, upset, or intimidated by the opposition that has manifested.
Trust God to prove Himself to be that “very present help in our time of need” (Psalm 46).
And remember, just as He did with the Children of Israel, He goes before you and fights your battles.
Soon enough, you will look back on the situation and realize that what the enemy meant for bad, God turned it all around for your good. You will see how the attack fell flat and didn't work.
To encourage you, I’m stirring the latter portion of 2 Chronicles 20:15 into your cup of inspiration. They are the words God spoke to King Jehoshaphat and those living in Judah and Jerusalem before they went to war.
God said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded that despite what might be going on; who or what is coming against you; or how hard the enemy tries to shake your faith, the Lord fights for you.
Speak the word of God over your life.
Trust Him to bring you out.
Now let’s pray.
God, I am facing adversity in my life and the enemy’s assault is intense. Right now, I invoke Your presence and depend on You, the One who fights for me. I turn everything over to You and declare by faith that I am already victorious and no weapon formed against me shall prosper. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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