The Lord said, "Marlene just listen to Me, be obedient, and a little flexible.... Look in the mirror and develop the mind of Christ. I'll do the gene editing if you will do the mind editing. "
I arrived in Tallahassee in February of 1991, with only two of my four boys after a disastrous event besieged our family. I began work at Leon County School Board Maintenance Department. I was the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Maintenance, Butch Callahan.
Colt was six and Maverick was four. I drove a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle that had been redone, and painted candy apple red, but it had no seat belts, car seats, and two big holes in the floor board in the back where the boys sat. I was always afraid we would hit a bump and one of them would go bouncing through to the pavement below.
In 1993 I was recommended by a friend at church for an office job managing a commercial real estate company owned by a Christian couple in Tallahassee, Florida.
My friend told me this couple were two of God’s finest. Looking back now nearly thirty years later, I have to say that she was right!
I was such a fearful and insecure single mom. When Rene’ approached me and told me she had referred me I wondered, “Why would anyone want to hire me to manage their office?‘ She replied, ” The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Exodus 14:14 ESV
The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
The first week, I was asked to re-do the phone greeting for the company. This was great the first time, but then about the tenth time on the first day….it got a little scary.
I had quit a very secure and stable job with the Leon County School Board, was beginning to wonder if I was up for the job, but was confident God knew what He was doing in my life.
Monday came, then Tuesday, Wednesday, and by Thursday I felt like I was on a high speed roller coaster, that had left the track.
By that evening I knew that by myself I just couldn’t get it right. I went home that evening, cried and prayed for God to give me the courage to quit.
I got up the next morning, fearing it would be my last day.
I looked in the mirror and wondered how I was going to muster the courage to leave, or whether or not I was going to make one last attempt to “redo” the message again, and again. I just knew I was at my breaking point and then I felt the LORD say gently,
“Marlene, how about being a little more flexible. Could you? If you looked in the mirror and didn’t like the outfit you were wearing, or the way your make up or hair looked, you wouldn’t give it a second thought about changing. Learn to be a little more flexible. It will serve you well in life.”
Marlene, how about being a little more flexible. Could you?
For me, when God speaks to my spirit, He is able to do it in a way that gives me the choice to either flat out rebel against what He is telling me; or to simply trust Him and do what He says whether I like it or not. In my heart I knew He was right and changing the message forty or fifty times to get it just right wasn’t really a big deal in the whole scheme of things. One failure is just another step closer to success when your trust is in your heavenly Father. He will take care of us.
So when I got to the office that Friday and Johnny Blue came in and smiled at me and said, “Hey Marlene, about that phone greeting!”
Instead of being intimidated, fearful and not feeling good enough, I was able to say boldy… with the confidence of God…
“Ok Johnny Blue, I’ll work on it.”
To my surprise he said, “No Marlene, I loved it! Thought it was great!”
I continued to work for Johnny Blue and April Anderson Craig for nine years as their office manager at Craig Commercial Realty and would not trade one minute or message.
God had placed me in an anointed position in order for my mind and soul to be edited and renewed by Him.
When I left there in 2002 to begin full time ministry, I felt like I was losing part of my heart and soul. The Craig Community were in my genes. Can I tell you,when I left this nest there were days when I felt conflicted, fearful, doubtful and full of regret.
God used Johnny Blue, April, his father, mother, sister, brother and many friends to edit my genes for eternity. He continues to edit my mind for His sake and mine. God wants us to stop, listen and take note of ourselves and others. He does the actual supernatural work of refining, conforming and designing our souls.
Edited seeds of God’s unconditional love, grace, mercy, long suffering, gentleness, humility, self-control, etc. were all seeds sown through my everyday relationships on the job that God had me on at the time.
When I left, There were days when I felt conflicted, fearful, and as if I had lost part of my soul.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”I Corinthians 31:12
Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled. Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together (Deuteronomy 22:9-11).
Through times of learning to be flexible, I often fail to understand what God is doing in me. I’ve come to understand most of the time God is editing our bodies, souls and spirits, not to harm us, but to draw us closer to Him. He is preparing His Bride for a wonderful reunion with Him and wants us to participate with Him in inviting others to join Him.
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