Retired again

Or something like it.

I’ve retired from OM Ships in Florence effective the middle of July. Not that I have something else to do, something more exciting, more fulfilling or more interesting. I don’t.

I have no problem with OM Ships and wish them very, very well. Their mission and work is important and well worth doing. Someone else will take over my activities there.

But when God calls “Time,” it’s Time. So I retired from that assignment, just as I had earlier retired from running a corporation, retired from being a church musician, and retired from writing a newspaper column.

Over the years I’ve learned that my retiring from one thing doesn’t mean doing nothing. It sure doesn’t mean twiddling my thumbs or taking a vacation on the road.

It means watching, listening, learning, and being ready at a moment’s notice when God says “Go There” or “Do That.”

I’ve been watching the world lately. Observing people and events in light of scripture. Praying as I watch. Writing about some of that. I’ll keep doing those things until God assigns me something else.

I did ask him about my future activities back on June 20, 2010. It was during the morning church service as the praise team was singing the line in a song, “I called, you answered…” I was thinking to myself, that is what happens – I call and God answers. So I asked him, “What’s next?”

And quietly he answered. “Don’t concentrate on heaven and the future so much that you lose sight of what is going on here on earth. Keep observing the earth; don’t be tempted to stop.”

“You’re a citizen of two worlds now but I’m going to add a third. You’ll be a minister without portfolio. A traveler. A vagabond.”

“What does that mean exactly?” I asked him. I got a mental image of being in transition, traveling back and forth between two places. The spirit world and the physical world, I wondered? A dimension where I can see and experience both aspects of a situation? I got no clear answer about that.

When I got home I looked up “minister without portfolio” and learned that it’s the head of a government department who does not have a specific set of responsibilities. Someone flexible. An as-needed, where-needed, sometimes trouble-shooter sort of person. Interesting.

For the last several decades I have been serving God as a special envoy, on assignment for a particular purpose, at a particular place, for a particular time. Then moved to another assignment. Usually I know where the next one is before the present one ends. This time I don’t.

God told me one recent afternoon to go to the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble. So I did. I selected a book and sat there reading when he said plainly, “Get your nose out of that book. You’re here to observe and BE observed; keep your head up.”

When I did that, a woman I knew came in, saw me, got her coffee and brought it over to my table. She then sat there pouring her heart out to me for a long while. I understood exactly why I was there, well before the end of that chat.

I don’t know what will happen next, but I have a feeling it will be interesting.


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Bette’s Journal

Bette Cox 2010

Christ is the "Big C" in my life!

That was told to me by a good friend recently, and it's so very true.

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I believe Jesus. I hope you do too.

I have one request of other believers reading this journal:

Agree with me that the invader will shrink, shrivel, die and disappear from my body, whatever method the Lord uses to accomplish that.

Thanks in advance.


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