| Serving lunch to 625 kids at a Catholic High School.
Hmm. Not exactly featured on my Ten-Year Plan.
When the economy tanked in 2008 it was any port in a storm. From serving the Pope and President Reagan in 1987, to this.
But who is ever too high and mighty to learn?
The Sisters who ran the school and taught the kids were lovely ladies. These sweet souls loved the Lord and the kids.
Kind and gentle, maybe . . . but when the job called for discipline, trust me, these ladies could handle the most recalcitrant or renegade student. Never the nuns of old who would impose physical harm on their students, but they knew what to do.
These women of the cloth lived in a private two-story home not far from the school in Southwestern Dade County. Two years in a row we delivered a fully-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to their sanctuary. This was an act of love to show our appreciation for all they did—not only for the students, but for us.
On one occasion, they led us up to their second-floor chapel. Adorned with the crucifix and kneeling benches, they knelt and prayed for us.
At first I was decidedly not in my comfort zone. Kneeling in an upstairs bedroom converted to a chapel was disconcerting, even with the best of intentions.
Have you ever been led into a situation where you felt highly uncomfortable?
Imagine Nicodemus as he snuck away from the other religious leaders—men who all despised Jesus—to visit Him. No doubt about it: should his secret be exposed, he would instantly go from leader to outcast.
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”
Saying and doing these things probably felt a million miles out of his comfort zone.
I know the feeling.
Yet, when I walked out of that chapel, down the stairs, and out the door into my car, I had gone from uncomfortable to utterly relaxed.
From a feeling of stress and anxiety to one of peace.
Whenever you’re led up the proverbial staircase into your own tense or highly uncomfortable situations, just remember: The Lord is holding you by your hand, just as I had the Sisters guiding me to peace and prayer.
Why go it alone when you have your Heavenly Father to lead you by the hand? He has you right there in the palm of His hand, with all your best interests close to His heart.
All you need do is extend yours and He’ll do the rest.