Prior to this week, if you entered my office, you would notice it was a little darker than normal. The light in the entrance area went out and quite frankly, I like working in the dark because some days I just can’t stand the light.
A coworker and I were venting our frustrations about the day when someone knocked on our office door. Of course, we thought it was a “guest” but turns out, it was the maintenance man that we always saw on a daily basis who always asked about cookies. We owe him cookies for putting my coworker’s cubicle together but today, he was sent for a different issue.
Due to the nature of my work being a “problem solver” , my coworker thought it was best that my office have better lighting in it. Mr. Maintenance man entered the office with his ladder in his hand and started going to work with replacing my bulb.
Just then, my work phone started ringing. I answered it and heard a voice I couldn’t place yet they started venting their frustrations about their situation. Anyone who has worked with me since I’ve gotten into the problem field knows that mute can sometimes be my favorite button. As the person was talking, I placed my head in my hand and wondered why I was there at that very moment. I wondered why I could recall conversations even though I wasn’t paying attention at times, or even why I took notes regarding the issue. As soon as the person hung up, I exhaled and looked over at my colleague in her area and shook my head.
Mr. Maintenance man was on back on the ladder as he had been going back and forth, but when I looked up, I noticed he had stopped working. My colleague walked over and at that moment, Mr. Maintenance man asked if he could say something. We simply responded with “sure.” He said, “God has you here for a reason. And until you learn what it is that he’s trying to teach you, you won’t move onto the next level.” He asked us to pray and ask God to reveal it to us and to help us pass this test. I looked at my colleague and noticed she had tears in her eyes.
Just then, he looked at me and said “So when you get that big corporate position, don’t forget about what this maintenance man is telling you.”
All I could do was close my eyes to keep the tears from falling because I’m a G and real G’s don’t cry! 🙂 No seriously, I just didn’t want to cry because that’s all I’ve been doing lately. I also teared up because Marvin Sapp “He has his hands on you” plays every morning as my alarm.
Mr. Maintenance man had no clue about my life, nor anything that I’m going through, yet that day, he not only gave me light, he BROUGHT me LIGHT! He allowed God’s light to shine through him and for that, I’m grateful. I went on to ask him where he went to church because I don’t have a church home, and he invited me to his church. The older I get, the more I desire to attend a smaller church sort of like my church in Pine Bluff (Grace Evangelical Baptist Church-Pastor Alvin Dunlap). I don’t have anything against mega churches, it’s a smaller church is just my preference.
On this day, even in the midst of the darkness, God allowed his light to come to me and find me where I was.