God at Work Behind the Scenes
God at Work Behind the Scenes

God at Work Behind the Scenes

God at Work Behind the Scenes

It was the fall after graduating from college that I began working at the Louisville Orchestra ticket sales office to help out a friend. I was preparing to enter either college ministry, seminary, or the mission field, so it was a good ‘in between’ job to pass the time while figuring out the next step in life. My job was to work with season-ticket holders to take new subscriptions for the coming year, help them select their seats, and assist with any problems. Who knew that classical music lovers could indeed have so many problems? I remember the day a lady was screaming at me over the phone about how much she hated the current director of the Orchestra. After listening for awhile, holding the phone at a safe distance from my ear, I eventually said, “Ma’am, I’m so sorry about the director. Can I help you select any seats?” She did, and I learned that sometimes everyone just needs someone to listen to them.

I came home so emotionally drained at night that I rarely took phone calls. The last thing I wanted was to be on the phone again. Even with friends. Part of me wondered what in the world I was doing there, certain this all was wasted time.

Eight months later I was in Orlando going through training with Campus Crusade for Christ. We learned how to do fundraising to find a team of ministry partners to support our work on college campuses, leading college students to Christ and discipling them. One of our first tasks in that training was to call three people that night and ask them to partner with us. The first person I called yelled at me, but by the end of the conversation, agreed to meet to talk more. I called the other two people and went to bed. No commitments, but the task was done. No big deal. I learned the next day that to a person, it was one of the most fearful moments of the other trainees’ lives. The phone seemed like a 100lb dumbbell, and each struggled to even lift it off the receiver. The buttons were landmines, each press and click sending shockwaves of fear into the hearts of the dialer.

As I listened to these stories of dread and fear, it suddenly became clear that my time at the Orchestra was not wasted at all. God had used that time to prepare me for this moment. What was torture to my fellow trainees was just another day at the office. This was way easier than being yelled at about classical concert tickets. In fact, it was a joy to call and ask people to help you reach college students for Christ!

God is Faithful

The thing I learned that day is that God is always working behind the scenes to prepare you for what is next, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Even when you think your work or season of life is a complete waste, He is still at work. One of our memory verses last year was I Corinthians 1:8-9. In it are two powerful phrases: “God is faithful,” and, “He will sustain you.” He is faithfully working behind the scenes to prepare and sustain you for what comes next. This is also a major theme of the book of Esther, which we started studying this past Sunday. God’s name is not even mentioned in Esther, and yet He is at work behind the scenes, orchestrating events.

Who knows what God is doing in your life right now to prepare you for what comes next? What seems like a  waste today may be the very thing that prepares you to reach more people for Christ. Be praying for our church, that we would be prepared for the many ways God wants to use us to reach PRP, Valley Station, and all of the South End of Louisville with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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