Bonnie told me she needed a break in life during an interview for a receptionist position. Her impressive resume’ stated that she hoped to be able to work her way up in the company. Her references checked out. I hired this enthusiastic, creative girl resolving to help her reach a higher goal. Unfortunately, she fell from grace.
Immediately, I noticed a desire to please. Bonnie not only caught on quickly, but offered wise suggestions. She proved herself time and again and I trusted her in my office not just to water my plants or grab a good book from the shelf but to read my notes, bone up on my customers’ files and step in and help me manage the office. She designed personal stationery for me and a business card that rocked. I told my boss this time I found a winner and having this confident single mom on board would boost our team to the top.
With the economy on our side, business was good! Sales were up and I got the company’s trip to Hawaii. Like a protective mom, I wrote reminders for Bonnie, stacking them on my desk. She reassured me that she could handle it all and wished me a fun trip.
Vacation Day arrived and Tom and I headed out to the airport. We passed the office and I stopped to add one more note to the pile and drop off donuts. The office was closed! I waited impatiently while Bonnie’s mom drove up informing me that Bonnie had been arrested for drugs and it didn’t look like she would be back.
It hit me hard. I wondered why my petty cash drawer was wiped out.
What a con artist.
In a daze, I called my boss in Phoenix. I will never forget how lovingly he handled everything…sending someone to cover our office, calmly reminding me that Tom and I have a plane to catch and an earned reward to enjoy but, most importantly, protecting my bruised ego by saying “he was fooled too.”
Today I read Chapter Ten in the book of Romans. God had a great plan for his chosen people, the Jews. He invested the best, His one and only son. Verse 11 goes on “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.”
The Jews Wanted None of it.
Then the Lord said I’ll rouse your jealousy and save the foolish Gentiles and He did.
I love the sentiment in the last part of Chapter 10 where, regarding Israel, God said: “All day long I opened my arms to them, but they were disobedient and rebellious.”
I couldn’t help but think of Bonnie today as I studied. I made an investment a few years ago, not in material goods but in a person, cheering her on to seize her impossible dream. I understand how the Lord feels when we choose our own way and throw away the very best leaving the premium prize unclaimed.
Lava Collage: Several active volcanos in Hawaii, most of them on the Big Island. Our tour was safe, and we saw steam and gas rising from a vent in the crater. Interesting to see the beaches black with lava.
Don't touch the turtles!
Foliage – God’s creation, Hawaii
Enjoying Hawaii with the cute guy…amidst the Tiki gods!
When co-workers become your fun girlfriends, so happy they’re still in my life.
You’ve seen this amazing waterfall on the Big Island on many photographs, I’m sure.
Beautiful views from the resort.