That’s what she said, almost every day that month, “It’s gonna be crazy!”
I guess she was getting me psyched up January, for the mad rush that usually takes over the income tax season. It would be my first tax season, and who knows, maybe my last! She was making it sound scary.
I graduated from our local college with a 4.0 grade average in the Office Administration course. That May, 1988, I landed a job with Kelly upon graduation. We got along great. She had a small business providing bookkeeping services and there were three of us in the office. I was hired to be the secretary-bookkeeper. That fall, she encouraged me to take the Accounting course at the college. She paid for my time while at the course so that was nice.
I loved working for Kelly. Though bookkeeping wasn’t my favourite subject, I could do the job and I aimed to do it well.
Til December. Then she started talking about how crazy it was going to be. By this time, the third gal was no longer working with us so it was going to be just Kelly and me working the crazy months.
I started to get anxious. I mean, really anxious.
Oh yeah, I had read an article about not being anxious. Where was that? Found it! I read that article over and over. Opened the pages of my Bible and read those verses til I memorized them.
Philippians 4.6-7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;Â and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
1 Peter 5.6-8, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (KJV)
Okay, what now? Be anxious for nothing. Okay Lord, I’m anxious but your Word says not to be anxious for anything. So I give the tax season to You, help me get through this, one day at a time. I’m praying to You, letting my requests be known to You and I’m thankful that I have this job, that I’ve been trained to do this job. I thank You for the peace that passes all understanding because I’m in You. I’m casting all my care upon You because You care for me. The enemy wants to see me crack under the pressure of the craziness that Kelly talks about but You are faithful, You will see me through.
That’s what I prayed every single day of December. Then in January, I waited for the mad rush. One by one, our customers would bring in their bookkeeping, however, since they were our regular clients, it was pretty easy.
The challenging ones were the individuals who needed their taxes done. The ones who brought in their shoe boxes. Take the lid off and boing, the receipts would pop up as they overflowed the boxes! And guess whose job it was to sort them! Yep, mine. Felt like a 1000 piece puzzle but once I got going, it became easy to do. Lots of shoe boxes came through the door!
Every day I’d go home wondering if tomorrow would feel crazy.
Tomorrow, clients would arrive, see Kelly, and leave again. I waited and waited. Did my work and somehow January flew by, then February, no mad rush. Well, maybe it’ll happen in March. Every evening I would pray the same or similar prayer, telling God that I wasn’t anxious. Trusting in God that He would see me through each day. And each day it was the same. Calm, easy paced. Peaceful even. March flew by. Still no craziness.
By the end of April, as we began to wind down the tax season, Kelly stood by my desk one day and said, Wow was that ever crazy! So busy, so nuts! I don’t remember a busier season!
Really? I didn’t think it was busy. I didn’t think it was crazy. In fact, I was still waiting for it to hit. I had a good time. It was steady but not crazy. For me anyway. It seems that for her it was crazy.
I recall giving thanks to God for seeing me through the tax season. I trusted in His Word. He said not to be anxious, so I wasn’t. I believed Him when His Word says that He cares for me. I simply trusted Him. And He saw me through. He showed me what faith in His Word can do. That He is true, and faithful.
I have never forgotten that lesson. Be anxious for nothing. Trust in Jesus, depend on His Word.
How about you? Is there a particular Bible verse or two that you are able to trust God for? Would you mind sharing that with me? Would love to hear from you! Use the comment box below to drop me a line or two!
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