Two weeks pass, you’ve continued to work tirelessly, but reaped no sales. It is getting harder to remain ‘at rest’. You disguise your inner misery to those around you, which is made worse by having to supplement your income with your meagre savings. All the while Victor is boasting of his prowess.  Apparently, he has found eight potential buyers and inflated the price of the Anderson property. He now gleefully awaits the sale and his huge commission.  Several colleagues comment that Victor is taking over the more lucrative marketing opportunities. With a dismissive shrug you point out you have assessed, and added so many houses to the sales list there is no shortage of work.  Only because Judy can’t understand, and keeps asking, you finally explain to her that Anna believes your religious beliefs and ‘honesty’ is a stumbling block to selling properties. Judy doesn’t think that just, but unlike Abram can’t rescue you!

Saturday, after worshipping the Lord and giving Him your money worries, you head to the farm to eat and meet with those involved with planning the youth night.  Encouraged by them, you stay for their band practice and are uplifted by the praise and worship.  Exhausted, you are about to cycle home when your heart is warmed by Rob, who not only gives you a bear hug but insightfully whispers, “Whatever the problem, God knows, and I’m praying.”

At the end of another emotional week, you oversleep on Friday, and still tired it’s difficult to even manage to say ‘good morning’ to the Lord, yet feel assured He knows and sees your ‘lot’ in the work place.  After a busy day you return to the Agency and pass Anna leaving, carrying a large cardboard box.  She scowls, “Mr Chandler is waiting for you.”  Your stomach plummets. In her office, he welcomes and indicates for you to sit.  With a smile he reports, “I have been gathering customer feedback and am impressed how people rate your integrity and honest approach.  Alerted to your downturn in sales your colleagues informed me of your loyalty to the business, and made me aware of the record number of selling opportunities you have engendered.  I have also spoken to the Andersons’ who have requested you close the deal on their property.”  Inwardly, you thank them and the Lord, but before you can speak Mr Chandler states, “Victor has left.  Anna is transferring to another branch.” That information renders you speechless.

Word:   “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? …. Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? …. the Lord answers, ‘I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.’  Habakkuk 1:2, 3 & 5 (NIV)

Worship:  Strength of my life – Vertical Worship

Key 28 – Perseverance