When I handed my resume to the woman in the power suit, she took it from me, and bent her head to read it. The marble floors, glass partitions, and rich woods made me more conscious of the black permanent marker I used on my Kmart special black heels to hide a worn spot near the toe or the clear nail polish I used in the parking garage on a run on my panty hose.
A few minutes passed, and she looked up from the paper at me and said: “It sounds like you are applying to be a writer, not a receptionist?”
This was several years ago as a young woman applying to work at a magazine located in downtown Phoenix. There’s value in starting from the bottom. Whether you are a receptionist answering phone calls or a brand new missionary appointee learning cross-cultural communication and the complex issues regarding the peoples on the move, nothing is ever wasted. In fact, coming from a position of a learner and working your way up is better.
- You get to know the organization.
- People mentor you and you learn from this.
- God grows you through the experiences, mistakes, and successes.
- And no action is “beneath you” to do no matter where you go in life.
Today, I thought about that moment in the magazine office, and when I did, I felt a twinge of worry.
“Lord, how do I do this ministry? There is so much information to absorb and learn!”
Matthew 4:19 in the CEB returned to me:
“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.”
This time it held new meaning for me. Everyone begins somewhere in a new career. They learn new things, new habits, disciplines, and it can be challenging. God will show me how, not just in technology, but in cross-cultural communication, too. Already, I feel like I am changing as I wrestle with my own prejudices and political beliefs against what the Bible says. That wrestling though didn’t start with my appointment with WorldVenture.
A certain Latino pastor came into my life who started changing my worldview. WorldVenture simply clarified my direction.
Now my daunting task isn’t riding an elevator up a skyscraper and crossing marble floors as quietly as possible in uncomfortable black heels; instead, it is learning about the Peoples on the Move and reaching them through technology. I am not alone. Many wonderful people with WorldVenture and others around the world are taking up that call. I am praying for 100% funding by March, 2017.
When I see that deadline, I feel like that girl again in black heels reaching my resume across the desk to a woman in a power suit.
God says, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” He calls the unqualified.
Incidentally, I did not get the job at the magazine as a receptionist or a writer. As you can see, God had other plans for me.