To Work Or Not To Work: That Is The Question

July 24, 2000
by Rosemary Hagedorn

Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (NASB)

"To work or not to work?" This question has been an ongoing mental battle for my daughter, Christine and son-in-law, Ron, for the last two months. It has been the dominating topic ever since Christine's maternity leave was approaching at the enormous speed of light!

"Oh, you should stay home with your baby!" "No one can take your place!" "It is the best thing for the baby if you stay home!" Although all these well-meaning words from friends are correct, there are some situations where a mother has to go to work.

Christine and Ron had already registered their name with many day-care facilities, and had already attended a few interviews, but to no avail. The one day-care centre, just a few steps away from where Christine works, was full. Panic, confusion and the never-ending question of returning or not returning to work plagued the minds of Christine and Ron. The day to return to work was drawing nearer!

The only thing that I could think of was to turn to God in prayer and ask Him to answer their plight according to His gracious will.

The answer came immediately. Christine phoned me and told me that one of the day-care facilities, near to Ron's work place, called. They immediately went for an interview and all went well. Also, they learned that the day-care centre a few steps away from where Christine works will have an opening very soon.

I was thrilled to hear that everything had been taken care of. As I was thanking my heavenly Father, I thought about the many early childhood educators, baby sitters and day-care workers who are also in need of work in order to put food on the table and provide a roof for their children, and I also give thanks to our heavenly Father for His blessings to them.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for listening to us when we offer our anxieties and panic attacks to You. You answer each one of us, in our individual situations, according to Your will. Thank you that we can come to You always. Amen.

About the author:

Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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