“Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?”Nehemiah 2:2-3
I started at my company in 2016 and there was a buzz about the place even when I went in for my first interview. There is a glass wall that separated the interview waiting room from the main hallway of the building. I looked through the frosted glass panels and everyone seemed so happy and excited to be working there or so it seemed to me. I was trying to get out of retail work into something that was more career orientated, and I wanted so bad to get to the other side of that glass wall. I wanted to have that smile and have that walk as if one was walking on air. I was so distracted by people watching that I almost missed my name being called to head to the back for my interview. I was asked the standard questions and then I was told of all the benefits that my company offered. I needed no selling points as I was already sold on working there.
I completed my interview and felt good about it and was beaming as I walked out of the place. I anticipated it was nice, but I never thought it was that nice. I was soon offered the job, and I had a grin from ear to ear on my first day, and I have tried not to wipe it off even though there have been some tough days. The toughest day I have ever had far outweighs my best day elsewhere. I have been around negative people who work there but the company has always been one of a positive outlook and a can-do attitude. I have gravitated towards this as well, as I am grateful for the job God has provided for me. There are a lot of benefits and they have always treated me well. Many have said that I am drinking the Kool-Aid, but they have delivered on every promise they have committed to. I have been tempted to look elsewhere as I have waited for doors to open, but I never got peace from God to do so.
Things have been challenging lately as it seems we have been spinning our wheels on certain ideas and processes. I have maintained a positive outlook as I know things will get better, but I was taken aback this past Monday when our Vice President of claims came into town. He gave us the situation as he was not as positive as I was. He was blunt and told us some things that needed to be said. He told us about where we were and how things were not as good as we may have thought and how change was needed to be made. He told we needed to go back to our old way of having fun and having a positive attitude, but there were some things that we needed to get in order before we were to do that. He said this was not the time to celebrate but this was the time for work to be done and for us to get serious about changing things around and implementing the new plan. We would need to all get on board, and we were going to have to take change seriously. It was not enough to put our head in the sand, but this was a time to get to work and acknowledge the work that needed to be done.
I did not come out of that meeting feeling good and fuzzy, but I was kind of perturbed and unhappy. I knew what he said was right, and I knew change needed to start with the leaders in that room. Nehemiah could not forget the state of his hometown as it laid in ruin and waste. He could not hide from the truth even though he was in the king’s house because his heart was broken to see the current situation. He long to see the place of his father restored as I am sure he remembered back to a time where the city thrived and was alive as it now lay desolate and deserted. We must not forget the current situation in our community, and we must remember for the healing of our nation and our world. Time is short, and we do not have much time left as we see our world desolate and in a state of ruin.
Will you pray for the current state of affairs or will you just complain and act as if nothing has happened? Will you mourn for your city? Will you ignore the current situation? Will you do what God will have you to do? Will you give yourself to doing the work that needs to be done? May we mourn for our city, and may it compel us to do the work He has called us to do. God has a work for us to do if we will be willing to do that which He has commanded us to do.