I find it hugely ironic, that Albertans get all fussy about the speed limit laws in BC (if you go over 40 you can have your car impounded), and yet most people out here in Vancouver often go 40 - 50 kph over the posted speed limit. Whereas, even in Calgary, I wouldn't do more than 10 over.
It's pretty crazy sometimes.
Jana and I have also both found jobs out here. I start on Tuesday and Jana has been working at Van Heusan on weekends. Although, my job now is more challenging than I've ever had. Rather than just being a cad monkey - I will actually be organizing files, determining project schedules, working within a budget... etc. etc. Essentially becoming a CAD manager.
This is more responsibility than I've ever had so I will definitely be working harder than I've ever had in a CAD job before.
I know Paul was talking about something else in this passage but I continually think of
2 Corinthians 2:10 Wherefore I delight in infirmities, in outrages, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake, for, whenever I may be weak, then I am powerful.
Phillipians 4:12 I am aware what it is to be humbled as well as aware what it is to be superabounding. In everything and among all am I initiated, to be satisfied as well as to be hungering, to be superabounding as well as to be in want.
13 For all am I strong in Him Who is invigorating me -- Christ!
Having a migraine? When you're weak, he is strong. Feeling tired and need a nap? When you're weak he is strong. Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of your job/ When you're weak, he is strong. Feeling intimidated by the responsibilities you have? When you're weak he is strong. For all am I strong in HIM who is INVIGORATING me!!
My wife made a good point to me last night. "You may be intimidated by your new responsibilities - but remember, God brought us out here for a reason, and surely He's given you this job. Trust him."
Our Celestial Calling
Because of some of Martin Zender's shows, and things I have read in Romans, I have been thinking about this.
In 1 Corinthians 15:49 Paul tells us that those in the Body of Christ will be receiving Celestial bodies.
In Ephesians 2:1-7 it says that God will be using us to demonstrate his grace to the celestial regions. In essence we will be evangelizing the furthest regions of space!
Paul repetedly talks of our celestial calling throughout his letters. He also writes that we are constantly being blessed by God. Whether good or evil happens to us, these are ALL blessings from God, and preparation for our work in the eons to come.
That's intense! Today's experience is the school, the education, and the workshop all to prepare me - and everyone in the Body of Christ, for our eventual job as missionaries to the furthest reaches of space, bringing the glorious message of God's grace to ALL of creation!!
I cannot get over that. That God would grant us, the most powerless beings in creation, on a far flung ball of mud, the privilege and power as the very representation of Christ takes my breath away.
It is this that I'm often thinking of, these days. We have left the ease and comfort of Calgary, where everything was predictable. Everything was safe. I was largely a cad monkey, with very little responsibility beyond making sure my drawings were done correctly, on time, and i was learning about engineering and design a little bit every day.
Now we live in another province, another city, and into a job that has far more responsibility and risk than I've ever had. It is here, I am constantly forced to trust God and believe that he is in control. And every once in a while, I stop, look behind me and see all that he has done and go...
Oh my God. How did he do that?
To see that and embrace it and realize that these experiences are the textbook I will be referring to in the eons to come...Wow...
Anyways, I gotta go. Love you all, and god bless.