My weakness, his strength

I work in the tourism and aviation industry so my job requires me to be at work as early as 6:00 AM. The 2 weeks leading up to lockdown were probably the hardest weeks I’ve had at work to date. I was physically tired. So drained to the point my dad had to start dropping me to work just so I could get some extra minutes in bed. I felt as though all of the early starts had  really started to catch up with me .

 One morning as I was on my way to work, I was praying and mentioned how tired I was feeling to God, I asked for strength to get through the week. After praying, I then remembered that my supervisor had been offering unpaid leave for the past 2 weeks since business was extremely slow and quiet due to covid-19. Very few people were booking flights, therefore we’d come into work and not have a lot to do. For the first time since it was offered, I began to consider taking it. Anyway, I went into work and went about my business as usual. Later that same day, asupervisor approached me and asked if I’d like to take unpaid leave till further notice. 

Now, remember how I said that that same idea of taking unpaid leave had occurred to me that morning and how I was considering to take it? Well, there my manager was asking me if I wanted to take leave. You’d think I would’ve​ jumped at the opportunity! However, I found myself saying “no.” I came away from the conversation asking myself why I turned it down, isn’t some time off just what I needed since I was so drained? 

The next day, I planned to tell my supervisor that I wanted to opt for unpaid leave. However, I never got the opportunity to and the more I tried to get in contact, the more it wasn’t possible to. I then realised that I probably wasn’t supposed to take the unpaid leave that’s why it was so difficult for me to contact my manager. I decided to continue going to work as normal and trust that God would strengthen me like He always does! The following week (which was the week before lockdown), the general manager came to the office and announced that the organisation would be furloughing staff until further notice and that we’d still get paid!

I was so grateful to God that He gave me strength to continue to the end and that I didn’t give up despite my tiredness! Imagine if I did, I would’ve lost out on 2 week’s worth of pay. Thank God for His strength!

 What I learnt from this experience is that His grace is sufficient for you and that His strength will be made perfect in your weakness – 2 Corinthians 12:9. I spoke about how tired I was, but it’s God who gives us strength to do things anyway! The moment you look at your situation and surroundings, you begin to sink like peter did – Matthew 14:29-30, focus on Jesus and know that your strength comes from Him alone. Also note that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord – Romans 8:28.I also got an extra 2 weeks worth of pay that I wouldn’t have received if I decided to take unpaid leave when the chance arose. At the time I was confused at myself for not accepting the offer, but look how well everything worked out to be. Learn to trust God and know that He wants better for you than you could ever want for yourself. God is just on time and always comes through when you need Him! He’s extremely punctual and know’s what’s best for you, when it’s best for you. He will surely make it happen at it’s appointed time. Now I’m home, enjoying a beautiful time of rest, relaxation and fellowship with God. No longer feeling tired, no longer drained, but refreshed and grateful for this break that came in the form of quarantine. Praise God!

*Disclaimer* Whilst I speak of the “retreat-like” time I’m having in quarantine, I am not ignorant of the reason why we are in quarantine and the terrible pandemic that the world is currently facing. My prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this virus in any way, shape, or form. May God strengthen, comfort and give you great peace during this horrible time, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.   

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