“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:8-11 New Living Translation
Back in the ‘80s there was a TV show called “Who’s the Boss”. The storyline was about a professional woman who needed a housekeeper who could also take care of her young son. The only applicant was a man. The plot was, of course, based on the battle of the sexes between the lady boss and the male housekeeper, thus the title “Who’s the Boss”.
Each day we are faced with the challenge of accepting who might possibly be the boss in our lives. There may be times we refuse to believe we answer to anyone except ourselves. This can be quite costly, especially if we take this attitude into our place of work. Too many times in my own life I have rebelled at the ideas of those who were in positions of authority. Especially with those who were determined to define exactly how I was to do my job rather than allowing me to get on with doing that for which I had been hired.
This fighting against authority is something I come by naturally, or so I have been told by those who knew my father. We both shared an anger which was often expressed by rebelling against those in positions of authority. Constantly battling those who will determine how long one remains employed is not very conducive to furthering one’s working career! Fortunately for me, that was something marked more in my father’s work history than in my own.
The question of who’s the boss impacts every part of our lives, especially when we consider and move toward a willingness to accept there is a greater authority who rules all of creation. This is the Creator, the One who gave us the story of our world and the knowledge there is more beyond what we see or even imagine. One day we may even be able to acknowledge that our Creator is The Boss in every aspect of our lives! But it is so difficult when life turns on us, causing us to question everything we have come to believe about God and how He acts in and on our lives.
“Approach this day with the awareness of who is Boss. As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of my sovereign Presence. On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me!” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, January 20)
This is the second post I have written since, as many of you already know, life seemed to turn on us once more, leaving me afraid for our future and its impact on our finances. For so many people in this nation of ours, the expectation of not having an income is nothing new. But it has a different feel when it’s your own income disappearing before your very eyes, drying up like the California rain over the last several years. My fears shout out that there isn’t much chance I will ever be hired by anyone who will be willing to pay a wage that will offer the ability to support my small family!
In chapter 13 of Job, Job tells his discourager-friends he wants them to listen to him for a change. What he tells them, his determination to defend his innocence to God, and the beginning of his plea to God not to be silent are so much of what I feel at this moment in time.
“So hold your tongue while I have my say, then I’ll take whatever I have coming to me.
Why do I go out on a limb like this and take my life in my hands?
Because even if he killed me, I’d keep on hoping. I’d defend my innocence to the very end.
Just wait, this is going to work out for the best—my salvation!
If I were guilt-stricken do you think I’d be doing this— laying myself on the line before God?
You’d better pay attention to what I’m telling you, listen carefully with both ears.
Now that I’ve laid out my defense, I’m sure that I’ll be acquitted.
Can anyone prove charges against me?
I’ve said my piece. I rest my case.” Job 13:13-19
Yet I know I’m still in God’s Grace Process regardless of my fears or what I feel or think or see!
So what is one to do when faced with the reality of one’s life once more being transformed from what was anticipated into what was completely unanticipated? The answer is one each will have to discover for themselves as they decide who’s the boss in this life or maybe better said, Who’s Your Boss?
“The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).” Psalm 9:9 Amplified Bible