By Randi Spearman
Friday night I was sitting in the TV room when Mrs. Goss, the Employment Specialist, came through announcing a worship service in the library. I jumped up and followed her. A pastor came in from the outside and the first thing she was talking about was that praise comes before the victory.
Now if I had a life song—that would be it…PRAISE USHERS IN THE VICTORY! That has been the theme of my life! We worshipped a little bit. At first it was just me and 2 other guys, but slowly more guys started coming in. This was my first time to worship with the guys here. It was nice. I sure wish we could do more Bible studies together. There were a few times that I looked out the window and there were people sitting in the lobby laughing and mocking at our singing and I felt a little uncomfortable. But I guess that is what Jesus means when He says, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for Righteousness sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:10) So I just redirected my focus back on God and soon forgot about them.
As I read a little farther in Matthew 5, it says, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all who are in the house. Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Vs. 15-16). Our light is not to be hidden. One thing about our employment specialist, Mrs. Goss, is that her light is not hidden. She shouts it from the rooftops and is not afraid to stop in the middle of signing paperwork and start praising Jesus! At first I thought she was a little loud about it, and her actions didn’t match up with what she preached. She is one of the more difficult staff members to get things done with, but I have worshipped with her now, and in my eyes, that formed a more intimate bond between us, and I am trying to see her in a different light! For example, she is working with a bunch of criminals that are very good at manipulating and lying so she has got to be firm in her boundaries so she doesn’t get taken advantage of. I can understand that. But it just stinks for those of us with pure intentions and who actually want to find a job. I am meeting with her tomorrow so we will see if God has softened her heart. I sure have been praying for that.
There are some really good deceivers. Praise God for discernment! Praise God that His light shines so BRIGHT that you can’t miss it! Praise God that in the midst of all the darkness, He brings in a pastor to minister to us when we need Him most!