“No one is here today,” uttered the lady in the counter. My husband and I both breathed a sigh of desperation. He accompanied me to EEOC to ask the lady who took my case and instead of calling me back to answer my challenging questions in response to what my employer’s excuse of demoting me, she closed my case. After almost 2 years of waiting for their help…Closed…Just like that…Without mentioning the other instances when discriminatory statements and actions were also done and with evidences I had submitted.
My shoulders must be droopy and my face must have shown it, my husband gave me a hug as I opened the car doors inside the parking lot.
“It’s gonna’ be okay,” he reassured me.
“Really, I’m not worried. I am more upset with the fact that people don’t do what they need to do.”
My husband knew…as we faced this storm 2 years ago, it was God and still is God Who calms this storm in our lives.
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.-Psalm 23:1,2 (NLT)
“She closed your case, you can’t even sue outside,” were the last words this lady in the counter added. I was reading disbelief in her face though she was trying not to be obvious. I understood. She was not supposed to say anything against her co-workers.
“Do you remember that restaurant we frequently visited long time ago?” I asked my husband as I moved the car forward.
“I was thinking the same thing…It’s actually close here. Wanna’ have lunch there and get something for Kristian (our son)?”
We enjoyed lunch that day. Forgetting the storm that had been trying to cause ruins in my heart. Storms that never really caused true havoc as God has been the Strong Tower that sheltered us. Upon arrival at the valleys where we lived, I saw the beautiful flowers sprouting in different places, along the roadside. The sun was shining brightly despite the early morning shower that teased the dry earth.
I thanked God for this storm. Because this storm and no matter what storm comes, it is an opportunity indeed to be driven to Him more. Because of His love, grace, and mercy, nothing in this world can ever take away the confidence I have in His faithful love and care. He provides. He gives me that hope that even if everything is taken away from me, I still have Him. Because His hold on me and to those who trust in Him never lets go. He never allows His children to fall so deep that He is not able to reach out and save them.
I searched the EEOC website.
I found out He
showed me that someone could try to talk to the Office Director if that someone
didn’t agree with the decision. I felt the storm subsided a little. There was
hope. Peeking still at the door that was closed. But I had peace…Knowing that
in this valley, even if a road I was walking on was closed, He surely would
give me another way.
So I (and you) who trust in the Lord, will get to the mountaintop.
|Shepherd of the Storm(Goodsalt.com)|
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.-Psalm 23:4-6 (NLT)