When my daily work in HR threatens to overwhelm me (which it often does), my natural instinct is to think I have to put aside my workplace ministry activities and give priority to that work which threatens.

However, like so many, my “in basket” is never empty. In fact, it often seems the harder I work the more work I have to do. If I were to wait for a good time to do God’s work, I would never participate.

When I engage in God’s work, even when my basket is overflowing, he gives me back my time.

Such was the case last week when I was on a panel at another company to talk about my experience with workplace ministry. I was worried that I couldn’t be away from my job because my workload was so heavy with tight deadlines. I had committed to being on the panel, so I had to go.

God protected the time I was away. I didn’t miss a deadline. I got my work done and completed in in plenty of time. I received considerably less emails while I was away than I ever usually receive in that same amount of time. No emergencies arose while I was away; in fact, it appeared as though no one even missed me.

He did it again! God sheltered me while I was away. My experience has been similar every single time I’ve been away from desk for a workplace ministry appointment.

Yes, I agonize when I’m going to be away and seldom allow myself the time. Why, when I know God is faithful?

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6

The cry of my heart Lord is to let you make me a woman of great faith who trusts that whenever I give time to ministry work my time is redeemed.

Do you ever hesitate to give God your time because you feel like you can’t get away?

Shari Harris

Author Shari Harris

Shari is a Marketplace Chaplain. Her passion in being a follower of Jesus in the workplace and encouraging others is shared through writing, speaking, and sharing personal stories in her book, Walking in Faith: Stories of Hope and Encouragement for the Workplace (Westbow Press). She lives in Blaine and enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband and sharing life with their son. www.sharijharris.com

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