I worked in the automotive industry before going Way Disciple. The company I worked for supplied automotive seats to automobile companies. I worked in the main test lab, testing automotive seats to federal standards.
After deciding to go out as a Way Disciple and being accepted, I informed my immediate supervisor of what I was planning to do. He suggested that I ask for a six-month leave of absence because I really wanted to come back and work for the same company. I met with the human resources director and explained what I would be doing during the six-month leave of absence. I filled out the necessary paperwork and waited about a week for an answer. I was denied a leave of absence.
I was a little disappointed, but I knew that if God wanted me to work for this company again then He would open some doors for me. I was not going to let this stop me from going out Way Disciple because I had made a commitment to God and His Word. At that time, I kept a couple of verses in front of me:
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Two weeks before I was leaving my job, the test lab supervisor called me into his office and offered me a promotion if I would stay. I thanked him for the offer and politely declined.
One week before I was leaving my job, the head of another department that did specialized testing heard what I was doing. I had done some work for this person when she was over a seat program, and she liked the work that I had done for her. She came and talked to me. She said that her department had an opening, but she could not hire anybody until the end of April or beginning of May the following year. I accepted her offer.
After a successful Way Disciple tenure, I went back to work for the same company and enjoyed every minute that I worked there. Overcoming this challenge in my life strengthened my trust in God and His Word.
I have been a part of this ministry for over four decades and have learned the greatness of the Word through many classes, advances, Sunday Teaching Services, Way Magazines, leadership training programs, and household fellowships. There have been numerous individuals in this ministry who have impacted my growth and development as a Christian believer over the years, all of whom have helped me to be able to read and understand the Bible for myself and live it in my own life. Therefore, I have been able to help others to do the same.
God has done innumerable things for me over the years. But if I had to pick one specific key, it would be trust. I have learned to trust God in my marriage, in raising our children, in keeping our home a haven, in coordinating a fellowship, in our workplace, in our community, etc. One example of trusting God in my marriage occurred when two of our adult children had come to visit us for the holidays. We had taken them to the airport, and it began to snow as we headed home. My husband and I were sharing about how we enjoyed being with our children. We went to get in the passing lane, and our car began to spin out of control and headed off the road. I took my husband’s hand, and he began to pray out loud. As his prayer ended, our car stopped right next to the guardrail that overlooked a significant drop-off. We smiled at each other and got back on the road without a scratch to the car or us.
A workplace example of trusting God began during a time period when my husband and I taught in the same school. One teacher’s husband had a bad heart and needed a heart transplant. Many names were ahead of his on the list to receive a transplant, but a clinic was treating him in the meantime. He and his wife had been to our home for meals and fellowship activities. My husband would pray with his wife daily because they taught in the same classroom. We shared several ministry publications with them. After my husband and I retired and moved, we kept in touch with this couple. One day we got an excited call from the wife saying that her husband had the heart surgery and was recovering well. She knew it was because of how we trusted God and knew He would provide. Of course, these are only two of so many blessing and benefit stories.
My life has been changed for the BEST since I took my first Foundational Class over four decades ago. I have encountered many challenges and opprtunities to trust God and the greatness of His rightly divided Word. Every time I have trusted God and applied the Word, I have been victorious. With every year in this ministry, my trust has grown and my victories are sweeter.