It is the start of a New Year and I have high hopes for 2009. I am on an airplane returning from an application installation for work. The septic field at my house has been overrun by tree roots, I was working to fix this issue when I got the call that I would be leaving town less than 16 hours later. Work has been scarce so I welcomed the opportunity, even though I knew there would be challenges. There was a definite language barrier, and the customer was offered and promised more than I was there to fulfill. If I had the capability to transfer the knowledge and had my flight not been booked already, I would have been more than happy to fulfill this request. As it turns out, I installed a different version of the application than the customer needed. I conducted the installation according to the sales order, but this is not the answer anyone wants to hear. My focus was on this and it was difficult for me to concentrate on anything else. I grabbed a small book I had called, "My little book of Promises". I found a section on worry. I read and reflected. Thirsty for more I read the section on strength. I looked up the quoted verses in my bible. I thumbed through "Prayer" and found solace. I read Mark Chapter 11
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too
I read on and found Mathew Chapter 21 to be a very similar verse
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
After reading this, I thought of my mountain of troubles this week. -The customer was hard to understand -The customer was hard to work with -The customer didn't understand me. I have faith it will work out. I prayed for peace and tranquility. I believe in it's deliverance. My worries have faded and I trust that all will be fine. I read again "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours!"