Lately it seems like my life is taking a turn for the better, more about that at a later date. How is it for you? And doesn't it just seem that when things are going great, something happens that just derails your joy?
This week, many of us who are managers lost our preferred parking spaces. No particular reason (we have done quite well lately including setting a couple of sales records last month), and in fact the top sales people also lost theirs as well. That is not too bad but now we have to walk about a quarter of a mile in whatever kind of weather from a remote lot if the shuttle doesn't show.
No matter how much I thought about it, it made no sense. Even our long standing best Finance Manager who is in a wheelchair lost his. Of course he could appeal because of his handicap but I couldn't help but think of our old Marine Corps saying, "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die".
Then I realized The Parking Space was just another test of faith.
In scripture we read over and over that God is no respecter of one person over another. In fact he says he that he who is first is last and he who is last is first. We struggle to understand this but imagine for a moment how our world would be if we put that into practice. No one is better than another, no one is deserving of that place at the table next to Jesus, no one who believes is forgiven less than another.
Our system has it all wrong and we tend to think that we deserve a little more than someone else because of our color, faith or job status. All wrong according to God, and the struggle to understand his real meanings of all this will be until the end of time. It causes many conflicts and divisions among us that are contrary to His words.
This brought me down to earth, maybe the same has happened to you and you understand. I get it now, heaven is just one big Parking Space and I need to just be happy that I will make it to the parking lot.
Then it wouldn't matter how far I had to walk!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.