Mountains and Bears
Oh, what a glorious first week it has been.
So, here's just a bit of what I saw my first week, and what God has laid on my heart.
First, my job.
Let me start of with my disclaimer. Retail is hard. It will always be hard. Later in the season when things pick up, I'm sure I will have some blog post about patience. But for now, I will talk about the joy of it all.
I have heard it said many times that it takes a special kind of person to work retail. Sometimes I feel this is completely wrong, because every retail job I have had has blessed me beyond what words can say, and I am definitely not that special patient-to-no-end person. But somehow, I love retail. This job is no different.
The first day, I arrived on the job to find that two of my coworkers are avid ministry supporters, and will be attending our service the day after tomorrow. In fact, one even laid hands on me and prayed for me today during work when no customers were in the store. They will both be at our service on Sunday. I'm a little bit massively blessed. Back to my job shortly.
Secondly, this park.
Words seriously cannot describe. I could already write paragraphs and paragraphs about the sheer beauty and wonder of this place. And this has been described to me as the "boring season." If this place gets much more beautiful, I might just die. What a glorious thing it is to drive to work every single day with the mountains in my view. This week has challenged my relationship with God in a way I never imagined possible, because DAILY I am reminded of what a glorious King we serve. I am in the middle of nowhere, where there is nothing but Creator, and the scenery, animals, and people He created. I have found myself often wondering this week, "What will this be like when Jesus returns and this place is made perfect again?!" Pretty hard to grasp that those mountains are still flawed and fallen versions of what was originally intended... Maybe I will comprehend a tad bit more come June when the wild flowers are blooming. If you haven't sensed my excitement about the wild flowers, uh, I am excited.
Thirdly, my job and this park.
Being in a back country setting seriously does make you realize how much you miss when you are busy, and how much you miss when you are constantly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...ect ect. For the past week, I have seriously enjoyed my time with my Father, and I have seriously enjoyed my time with people. It's hard to believe how much free time I have now that I have limited cell service. It's also pretty hard to believe how deeply I desire to be with the Father now that I take one step outside and have no choice but to smell and see everything He has created. I have been overjoyed the the point of exhaustion for an entire week now.
Please, set your computer down after you read this post. Set your phone down. Even set your kids down if possible. Go out alone. Take a drive and just talk out loud to Jesus. I have every morning on my way to work so far, and I am finding that for the first time in my life, I am actually listening, too. And I think this renewed relationship with my Creator has widened my capacity to love. Who knew that mountains and bears could change my heart.My job as a retail clerk demands me to interact with people, but I never expected to be able to love people as easily as I have this week. This week I even met a woman with an English accent who works with elephants in South Africa for a living... People are so beautiful. My heart is so full. Today, a little boy took fifteen minutes of my day to stand and tell me all about how long he had been riding in a car and all the things his older brother had done to him during that time. I listened and laughed because he was genuinely cute, and for once I did not have something else on my agenda that demanded my attention. He had my full attention, and he knew it. As he walked away, he turned to his dad and said, "That lady was nice!" As he walked away I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, but the longer I pondered it today, I wondered how often he truly had someone listen to him like that. It hit me right then and there how busy I am, how selfish I am, and how much God and His people should consume my life.
So, if I were to tell you anything from this post, it would be this: Today, take time for the Father. Talk to Him. Ask Him to be with you in every interaction. Then, sit down the internet and the TV, and be with people. Completely and genuinely.
Be with God. Be with His people.
It will fill you with SO much joy. So much.
I kind of love this park. That is all.
Grace and peace,