Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I Saw a Sign: Faith and Madness in the Working World

I am having an inspiring week these past seven days or so, just those kinds of working days when it seems God is really revealing his presence in TKA life. Let's start with last week; Elaine was heading to her side job where she works on the bar staff in one of Athens' most upscale restaurants. Anyway, for some bizarre reason I felt the urge to extend my hand and pray a quick prayer aloud about her having a great night of tips. It was just a quick thing, but my faith was definitely *there*. Later that night, via blackberry, Elaine shoots me a short email that she can't wait to tell me how my prayers were answered. Turns out that out of 3-4 years of work at this establishment, she had a record-setting night of tips!!!!! It still gives me chills! Such a sign of God's love in our working life.

Flash forward to today! Judson is actually in Orlando auditioning for Jeopardy! He's done this once before, made it to the mock Jeopardy game, but we had a three day old baby at the time. My guess is that he wasn't quite on his game--they said they'd call him that fall about being on the show, but he never heard more. So here we are, June 06 and he's advanced to the audition round again (after passing a test that I could NEVER handle myself!) I'm working along, praying that his audition goes well, and an old friend stops in. Someone that Jud and I just talked about two days ago, remarking that we haven't seen her since last fall. We visit about ten minutes then she says to me, "The real reason I came by was to tell you that my brother-in-law is on Jeopardy tonight! And all this week!" I squealed, unable to believe that of all the times, all the days and weeks and months that she might have shared this info--that it would be TODAY! The day that Judson is in Orlando auditioning!!

I think it's a major sign, and I have no doubt that he will get on the show as a result of today's audition. :) And who knows after that?! Perhaps he'll win us some great money, but that's not the real point here. I think it's all about God revealing himself in our everyday world, showing us that even though we feel like we're down on this pea-sized planet, slugging along all by ourselves, that he is intimately involved in all we do. Or perhaps we could look at it this way--we all feel that our lives have a certain random quality, but nature is filled with patterns an sequences and rhythms. It only makes sense that our lives would be and are too.

Over and out.

10 comments:

blueberri said...

That would be awesome seeing Judson playing Jeopardy!

I have seen miracles happen to friends and relatives and firmly believe in the power of prayer. When I've gone through tough times, I wondered how I would ever survive them without someone to cry out to in desperation. I think the act of praying gives one more courage to face the challenges of each day. And when those pleasant "rewards" fall out of the sky, you know God is giving you a well-deserved break. :)

Gena Showalter said...

That's so awesome! I too totally believe in the power of prayer. And I LOVE when He reveals himself in such wonderful ways.

Kristen Painter said...

God is always good. He reminded me of that last week. *VBG*

Bonnie Ferguson said...

I love those serendipitous moments! :)

Mel Francis said...

Good things happen to good people.

Monica Burns said...

Here's hoping that Judson gets on the show. I'd love to watch and say HEY! I know this guy's wife! Awesome!

As for the Creator, he/she has a wicked sense of humor that I just love. One minute you're trucking along, and then WHAM you're going, ok, I get it. I understand. You can put down the skillet. *grin*

Karmela Johnson said...

Wow D! Best of luck to my favorite Philippinist! Hope there's lots of trivia questions about the Philippines for him! :-)

Anonymous said...

You know how much I love God, and love to see him work!

Your gonna have to let me know how Jud does!
Samantha

Jaci Burton said...

Squeee! charlie and I LOVE Jeopardy, though it always makes me feel uber stupid *g*

keeping my fingers crossed for Judson!

And God graces us with His gifts all the time. All we have to do is recognize them. :-)

Vivi Anna said...

Diedre, a great post. And so timely...but I dont' know what he was telling me today...

All day I've been talkign to blogger about the 80's and what I was like then, and how much fun it was...blah blah blah, and how I adored Billy Idol and my favorite song of all time is Melt With YOu by Mondern English...

Then right after that I go out for lunch with my dd and my niece, and just as we sit down in the restaurant, Rebel Yell starts playing...then right after that...Melt With You by Modern English, then to top it off at a stop light a blue 80's Trans Am pull sup next to me, two older guys with longish hair start smilign and flirting with me...

Maybe he's telling me to dye my hair blue again and start Flashdancing???? LOL

I dont' know, but it was weird.