God Keeps his Promises

I only worked two years at Walmart—and left two years ago—but the flashbacks keep on coming.

walmart paint counter

So I’m in Walmart getting a caulking gun.

Because ‪#‎homeownership‬.

Then it happened:

“Attention Walmart associates. All register-trained associates please report to the front.”

I’m glancing for a hiding place behind the paint shelving when I remember I don’t work at Walmart anymore.

Because #‎retailmemories‬.

In 2011…

I was a Walmart department manager, easily the hardest—and one of the most oppressive—jobs I ever had. There were times I honestly didn’t know how I was going to survive.

But during my worst time there, when I thought I was going under, God gave me this word:

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”

—Isaiah 43:1-2

Today’s a different day.

Just now he reminded me of the old one with these words:

For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

—Psalm 66:10-12

God keeps his promises.

In a week…

StrengthsI’ll be moving up to a different floor and (gradually) saying goodbye to the team I’ve been on for two years now. I’m leaving the most encouraging team I’ve ever been on—and one of the best bosses.

But the new team. Wow. It’s gonna be a rocket ride. New skills. New licenses. New solutions to provide. New faces to mismatch to new names.

Then more opportunities to mentor and help new employees get off to a great start.

Number three on my StrengthsFinder profile is Learner. And part of my LinkedIn tag line is “Professional Beginner.”

This is gonna be a blast.

Photo: Desk by Pyrrhos Papadopoulos on Flickr
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