I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. (Psalm 32:8 NIV)
Recently, I was given the task of training the new hires at my job. My goal is to teach them everything I know so they will be able to succeed at our company. First, the trainees follow me and observe as I perform the duties required of a Quality Assurance Technician. Next, the trainees perform the task on their own, but with some of my assistance. I am with them for at least two weeks and they have a reference manual which is a set of instructions that describes how to perform all of the job duties.
As a trainer, I have to be patient; I can’t expect them to know everything. The trainees are right out of college and have never worked in a food manufacturing environment. I also have to be kind and approachable so they can come to me with questions and not be so afraid to make mistakes. Some trainees are not as confident in their ability to complete the task correctly and they make mistakes. Some are so confident and eager to make a good impression that they make mistakes too. However, the trainees seldom refer to the reference manual or ask me questions.
The training program reminds me of my spiritual journey, how I go through life trying to take on new tasks on my own, having many questions and making so many mistakes seeking affirmation from the world and not the Word.
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50:10-11 NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105 NIV)
I confess I have not always sought Your guidance and sometimes ended up on a less than righteous path. Each time I stray, I am led right back to Your Word. Thank You for being everything and providing the instructions for attaining everything I need by seeking You first. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to follow the Lord’s example and let Him guide you. I also encourage you to relax (if you make a mistake, get back up and trust God’s Word to help you get it right) and completely surrender everything to God.
What decision(s) are you seeking God’s guidance for?
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Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer. She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)