The Unqualified, Young Applicant

“God did not call the qualified to serve Him: instead He qualified the called.” ~ Judy Baer

“Everything happens for a reason…In the past days as I prayed about work, the thought of God using the unqualified in the Bible came as an answer to my heart…”

I just texted those exact words to a puzzled co-worker. One of the many who was upset regarding the result of who was chosen for one of the supervisory positions recently opened for night shift. People knew…
The one picked was the “least qualified…”

This co-worker I texted had been encouraging the one who had the most seniority and the most experiences. This was including the years spent laboring to earn her Master’s and other certifications. But she wasn’t chosen…The one who was, everyone thought for sure…would be picked…

I was upset at the beginning of all of this, too. And as I knelt down and prayed about the old wounds being rubbed with salt in my heart, the answer above came to silence my growing protest of injustice or unfair treatments at work. That was a familiar battle ground I walked on from the past years. It hurt. 

Funny how God’s answers always come in a probing way. Silent. Short. But straight to the point. Most of the times, it isn’t even a statement. Rather, a question…

The chosen applicant just earned her RN. A per diem. Not even a regular employee. Seldom working in our facility. But…the interviewers who were the higher supervisors liked her… 

Many shook their heads in disbelief as the name of the new supervisor started spreading amongst us. Including me…I forgot…

God was known to use unqualified, young, and flawed people from different times. They succeeded…Not because they were great…But because God equipped them all. 

My heart is even sadder now. Not because the unqualified applicant was chosen to be our new supervisor. Though she is the youngest among the applicants…Though she is the least experienced among them…It's because I am not giving her a chance…To top it all, it grieves me that I am limiting God’s power. That I am underestimating His purposes…

I’m sorry Lord…

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." ~ Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].