By Bridget Wolk

In the fall of 2008 I said yes to a new job. The one I had was everything I could ask for in a job. I was an HR manager at a small foam factory. It was large enough that I had an assistant that I cherished very much. We became great pals.

The owners started talking of outsourcing most of my responsibilities. They said I would have other things to do. Disappointed, I started looking for another job. On the day I was offered a position, I went to the plant manger and handed in my resignation.

He said that the owners had changed their minds that morning and decided to keep things as they were. He said we could forget the resignation letter and just go on as before. I told him I needed to think about it and would meet with him in the afternoon.

I then stood behind my desk and asked God to let me know what He wanted me to do. It would be totally in His hands. In my heart I felt He said, “It is finished.” I had some reservations, but ended up reporting to my new position a month later.

The job turned out to be a big disappointment. For years I felt God had put me on a shelf. I didn’t understand why He had me take the job.

On Sunday, Paul Easterday talked about how Jesus talked with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They were talking and wondering about all the things that had happened with Jesus and His body. They didn’t realize it was Jesus that had approached them until they had their supper, and He broke bread with them.

Their whole world changed at that point. Jesus was alive and was their Lord and Savior. They ran to share the news with those who had not heard. They encountered Jesus and wanted to share Him with everyone.

My story has changed as well. Because I took this job, two years in a row I have been able to take 6-week sabbaticals to enjoy part of winter in Florida. Which was a real blessing this winter! Plus, just recently, I have been given the opportunity to work three days a week so I can spend more time with my grandchildren.

One never knows what’s going to happen going down the path that God has asked us to travel. We can be sure He will walk with us. And as we walk we will experience Him even if we don’t recognize Him right away.

Thank You, God.