By LuAnn Edwards
How could one person make me feel so miserable and worthless? “Lord, please give me strength and wisdom in how to deal with this difficult relationship.”
This is how I prayed several years ago, a few months into my new job. During the interview process, the Lord gave me a Scripture. It reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). What I thought was a verse to help me get through the interview process, became a verse of strength and comfort during the job itself. God never left me in my time of struggle; He went before me each day preparing my way.
My new job found me working with someone who seemed to find fault with everything. Several years before, I wrote my own personal mission statement which I especially applied to my work ethic. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3: 23-24). I have always felt that my work should honor Christ, and I should do my best for Him. I earned respect and appreciation in other jobs through the years, but not in this one.
I prayed every day for the person making me feel worthless, hoping things would smooth over between us. I also prayed for the Lord to show me what I could do to make the situation better. I did not feel I could confront this person or go to their supervisor without causing problems for others. I spent time in God’s Word seeking comfort and peace. When I began to think that maybe I really was worthless, I reminded myself how Christ sees me. My Lord calls me His friend (John 15:15), I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13), and I am God’s temple; the Holy Spirit lives in me (1 Cor. 3:16). Worthless? No way! I belong to Christ Jesus. He lives in me.
After a few more months, I received counsel from one of our pastors to look for a new job. Upon turning in my resignation, I experienced amazing freedom! I had been in bondage, suffering both physically and mentally. The pressure was now gone; the anxiety lifted.
God is faithful. He brought me through this difficult situation, and within a month He provided me with a new job. He has given me opportunities to share His love with others at work, offering hope and encouragement.
When we find ourselves in a difficult relationship, remember God is with us; He will not leave us. When someone makes us feel miserable and worthless, we need to know who we are in Christ. We can go to His Word to find comfort, strength and peace.