Strange Journey

Bing – Public Domain

I’ve had 4 jobs since 2020. And I’m getting ready to start my 5th since COVID hit. That’s a record. My husband moaned taxes for 2020 were going to be a nightmare.

March 27 – Job 1 ends – worked HR for about 6 months, and family decided to sell company, and then COVID hit – Filed Unemployment claim, don’t receive any checks until June.

August 17 – Job 2 – P/T HR – that lasted only 2 days!!! A manager wasn’t present when I was interviewed/hired, and when he returned he had someone else in mind for the position…they had to do the interview & after (I can’t prove it) – they just told me it wasn’t working. Training was going great! WHAT? No worries, because I got a call from another company…

August 31st – Nov. 6th – Job 3 – Law Firm Receptionist – swore I’d never work for the legal industry ever again (and I mean ever) but it’s been 15 years… thought maybe it be would different in another state, and easy job of just answering phones…should be fun. It wasn’t. Quickly put out my resume again.

Nov. 16th – Jan 12th – Job 4 – Admin Assist for Metal Fabrication – GREAT 6 hour daily job and good pay. Loved it, but with family owned companies, there is always nepotism and the daughter decided she was going to keep doing payables after all, which was my primary function so they kept me long enough to help clean up old files at the end of the year. What just happened? Requested Unemployment claim to be reactivated.

Feb. 12th – Job 5 – last Friday, I get a TEXT from a head hunter. They must have been someone I reached out to last March? They have an opening for a contract job lasting until end of June. AND without even being interviewed, I can start tomorrow or next Wed. WHAT?

Exorcism for masses

AP NEWS / Bing public domain

As I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, just the end of 2020, Portland, Oregon was a place of protest and civil unrest for several months and much damage to the area had been done to businesses, etc. Honestly, I’ve been relieved to live 3 hours away and with COVID, our kids’ soccer tournaments to that area were cancelled so we haven’t had to be physically near it, where some peaceful protests erupted into violence and riots.

Interestingly enough, I was recently reading about how Jesus first cast out a demon. And I looked up demon possession today to see how prevalent it is…and though I’m not Catholic, I was surprised of an AP news article I came across from Oct. 2020, about Priests in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California performed outdoor exorcisms to drive out lingering evil spirits after protests. I had NO IDEA this had happened.

So much news focused on protests, encounters of protesters with police, damage to buildings, people disappearing for questioning, etc. The same negative news continually on repeat for days and days…but not once did I see any mention of this. It would have been a nice break, and maybe given us some hope for peaceful congregating of masses.


33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

Luke 4:33-35 (NKJV)

GAME OVER

You know how Jesus spent 40 days and nights without food, being tempted by the Devil, and all of us who are filled with the Holy Spirit should expect Satan to tempt us…

And I started thinking of myself and what if TEMPTATION was a video game with 3 lives. My first man would be immediately gone on Temptation one. Because a few hours without food, and I’m hangry. If Old Scratch told me to change the rock into a Snickers, I’d be in trouble. I might initially be able to resist…but then all the devil would need to do is distract me with something else, and I’d absentmindedly find myself with the candy bar in my hand, unconsciously take a bite and answer Satan saying how I wasn’t going to fall into any of his traps… and then he’d eyeball me and my full mouth of chocolate, nuts & caramel! OH, you tricky-trickster! On to 2nd man…

Temptation 2 – Satan offering the world, in exchange to worship him/sin…I don’t care to RULE THE WORLD and all the crazy people within it. And as I’m telling him I don’t desire power and I’m content with life, my old van dies, and a Shiny new car is produced, in exchange for a deal… I’d be like, I’m just going to take it for a quick spin (I don’t want it for keeps) just need to drop off the kids at soccer practice. Dang it – MAN 2 gone…

Temptation 3 – Don’t temp the Lord, your God… I’m not going to go up on the roof and jump off to see if Angels save me, I’m not suicidal. But I am late getting to work, I’ll just speed through this RED LIGHT, no one is going to hit me, God will protect me…

GAME OVER


3 And the devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'” 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” 9...”if You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.” 12“It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”

Luke 4:3-4, 7-9, 12