Setting: Sitting in the arms of the big Jesus statue in the Compassion foyer. Eyes closed. I’m so tired.

Last week was quite the whirlwind. But oh the productivity! Let me just tell you, we’re moving forward! As you may remember, after delivering the business proposal at the end of my internship, I was asked to write up a business case. For all intents and purposes, the business case is simply a shorter, more-to-the-point version of the proposal that will be delivered to the higher-ups for approval and funding.

I can hardly believe it, but I think it’s going to happen. My idea may be funded. Thanks to your prayers. Special thanks and recognition go out to a gentleman by the name of Curtis Fletcher. I met him last week when Chris set up a 90 minute meeting with him to get his insight and opinion on the business case.

When I walked into the conference room he was already there, nearly ten minutes early, reading/highlighting/taking notes on the draft of the case that I had e-mailed him.

He is every bit of 6 feet, 4 inches, probably taller. He has the build of professional football player: broad, thick, and intimidating. When I walked in, he peered over his glasses with big blue eyes and said “Hello.”

Shockingly, his voice was soft and kind, and a smile broke the concentrated look on his face. Suddenly I felt a little less small.

The meeting went very well. He works closely with those to whom I am writing, and his vantage point helped to enlighten my approach. Finally, I had some clarity on what to say and how to say it.

The biggest answer to prayer came when, at the end of the meeting, Mr. Fletcher offered to help redraft it. “My door is open. Whatever you need, I’ll help you.”

I wish you could have been there because I have a feeling my face said it all. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I don’t remember what I said, but I remember what I felt. Sweet relief.

With a clarified direction, and the assistance of someone who knows what he is doing, I had a surge of excitement and inspiration. Back to the drawing board I went the next morning and into his office shortly thereafter.

Sure enough, his door was open and his welcome was warm. After some impromptu meetings and even more e-mails, the draft is complete and will be on its way to . . . I-don’t-know-who, tomorrow.

Needless to say, last week was the encouragement that I needed. Call me crazy, but sometimes my faith dwindles when there seems to be a stagnant or presumably idle period of time when, despite work, there is no progress. Can anyone relate? Anyone? Bueller?

Praise report: My “on-call” status has been renewed until the end of October! I am so grateful for the opportunity to stay on board here and to continue working on the campaign. Thank you for your prayers, as I know many of you have kept me in mind. It means the world to me, and I am truly thankful.

Prayer request: I recently had two interviews (for the same position) within the marketing department. I interviewed for the “Advocates Network Assistant” position. I’m excited about the potential and think that it is a position that I would both enjoy and be good at. I was the first of five interviewees. I should know by the end of this week if I get it.

No matter what, I know God is in control and that His plan, whether I see it or not, is good and perfect. He is sovereign, He is faithful, and He is the perfect provider. I am learning to rest in Him, trust in Him, and above all else, abide in Him.

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  1. Sep 24, 2008
    at 5:45 am

    I tend to become impatient when there is no progress…and that’s when I have to remind myself that it’s all in God’s time, not mine.

  2. Sep 24, 2008
    at 6:08 am

    Hey, anyone who finished an entry with a Buehler reference deserves deserves a reply! ;o)

    I’m sure you know all the Biblical references on patience – reread those again – it helps me.

    Also, a friend once told me that God is never late, but he’s seldom early too!

  3. Sep 24, 2008
    at 9:36 am

    You’ve got us on the edge of our seats, waiting to hear what this project is all about! Also–this is probably selfish, but I hope you’re hired for the Advocate’s Network position! That would be awesome! I think you’d fit in perfectly well, although watch out — there are some pranksters among the ranks!

  4. Molly Gibson
    Sep 24, 2008
    at 1:19 pm

    Mere~ I’m so proud of you! I love reading the blog and hearing how God is working in you at Compassion! I’ll be praying for your job possibility!

  5. Sep 24, 2008
    at 4:42 pm

    Meredith, I know God is working out the details of where you’ll land. I prayed for such guidance–and a passion–for a year, before He pulled it off, and He didn’t have to work through an HR department!

    To be fair to the good people in HR, it’s gotta be difficult to get people placed and their positions properly described, when the GMC “world” is in constant flux. The fact that the ministry can continue, with all the growing pains and sometimes seismic shifts of personnel and roles, up there, is nothing short of God’s work. Blessings to you, and thank God for Curtis Fletcher!

  6. Sep 24, 2008
    at 8:20 pm

    Good luck, Meredith!

  7. Trae Thompson
    Sep 25, 2008
    at 9:43 am

    Keep doing your thing.

    He’ll make everything unfold perfectly.

    ;)

  8. Steverino
    Sep 26, 2008
    at 2:34 pm

    Just came across your blog. Got enthralled with it from the first post as I think it speaks to some common feelings we all share at one time or another.

    Just a quick word. Have you considered doing this kind of marketing overseas, in what we used to call “Third World” countries?

    Many organizations exist in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, which are fantastic organizations doing amazing work through incredible people, but struggle for lack of marketing and promotional expertise.

    Is God calling you to expand your horizons?

    Whatever His plan is…it’s a GOOD one!

  9. Stefani
    Sep 29, 2008
    at 9:39 pm

    Hey there love of my life. LOL. I just wanted you to know how proud of you I am. I may not tell you often enough how much of a blessing you are to me. I am so glad that God is now able to use you to be a blessing to other with the help of Compassion. Your determination and courage are constantly taking astonishing me. Your kindness blows me away. Keep up the fantastic work my friend. God is going to use you to do amazing things for his glory. I am glad that I will be able to witness all of it.

    I love you!
    Stef

  10. Meredith
    Oct 3, 2008
    at 3:53 pm

    Steverino,

    I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for your encouraging comment. I love hearing from readers; I learn so much from you and feel so blessed to be remembered and prayed for.
    As for “expanding my horizons,” there are several facets of the program that we have yet to share, but… we’re on the same page. ;) More to come on that.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and write!
    Mere

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