Do you believe a person’s value is based upon what they can achieve, produce, and provide in their work life? Is a person’s worth defined by their success, prosperity, or boomerang-like,”you get what you give” mentality in this lot in life?
Through asking these kinds of questions,
I got the job! I wasn’t qualified, but I was chosen from many polished candidates due to willingness to follow and learn through my hands-on experience. This full time position requires 24/7 on-call availability, and was given without an application, interview, or consultation by me. The training is continuous, arduous, and there are no scheduled breaks, sick days, or vacation time in the contract, but it does have potential to help many in life changing ways through the job experience.
Would you like to work here?
Do you work here too?
Too late. My time card was punched like my stomach pains. My jaw remained clenched to smile through the pain and nausea to get started.
What a welcome to the Department of Physical Suffering and Loss. My new job title was Rare Chronic Illness, and my shiny gold name plate read:
Melanie Rodriguez, Secretary of Long-Suffering or S.O.L.S. Agent.
And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love HIM, who have been called according to his purpose.
It seemed like forever that I slave labored through a job I despised with no tangible benefits, advancement, pay raise, or feeling of accomplishment. This unwanted unpaid internship only provided a week end paycheck of hopelessness and gutteral desperation for answers that only sunk me deeper into despairing the painful daily grind.
I had just started to feel life was falling into place when my physical health rapidly declined. Every aspect then felt scattered, yet isolating. It was a cruel game of symptom containment that I never could triumph mastering.
Even after years of critical training in multiple surgeries and quality controlled diagnosis gathering, the disability trajectories sky rocketed. The crash of exhaustion and the lack of energy to persevere were no contender to overlapping symptoms and indescribable pain. It all became unmanageable, and yes, I was called for review…more than once.
I was enept at best.
My professional laser focus was unbalanced in a prematurely failing body. The two often collided creating a powdery stardust of feeling complete overwhelmed while struggling in my own body. I was unable to physically move, so how could I keep pushing myself in a,”no excuses, can’t give up now” office environment? The inevitable was complete collapse!
The cycles of relentless physical pain, flare, guilt, shame, and loss left me bedridden at times, unable to care for myself, or others properly in only my mid 30’s, with three children that needed their mom. Not for a lack of trying, or dedication to the idea of hope, and reclaiming my once vibrant life, but the actual physiological ability to.
The tears burned down only making the pain worse.
How could I endure working like this?
I wasn’t a good fit for this job. I really, really wanted to quit and find a different job, but there weren’t any other openings.
This prestigious position of rare chronic illness took years to learn to cope through, and when things were hectic as hell, I petitioned the help from a kind friend and coworker from the very top floor.
He understood my limitations perfectly which comforted me. He walked, guided, and encouraged me to succeed on my work path. I gained so much valuable insight through Him. An education that truly saved me!
Even so, I still felt ill equipped to complete the compiling workload and I requested a meeting with corporate pertaining to my job description and skillset utilization.
My Boss gave me a handbook to read which outlined helpful instructions to which I still refer to daily.
My Boss is Great and Mighty! HE mentioned HIS door is always open, to just knock, and that I could enter. He also said I could always find HIM!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Chronic illness/chronic pain may not have been your first career, but trust that The Boss has purpose for your suffering. Be faithful and work to your full potential serving The Boss with hopes that the day of deliverance is near.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them from them all.
It was only through the support of my team, daily surrender, and complete trust, did I then feel I had the tools and readiness to take it all on; and truly believe this position was made especially for me. We have the essentials spiritually, even if not physically to complete our tasks. Embrace your limitations to fulfill your true work and purpose of life. Goodness will come from the hard work in conjunction with His plan for your life on earth and eternally.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the LORD.
Keep Working! It’s not in vain!
He gets the praises for your raises!
Thank you Lord, I trust you!
*Published Written Piece by:
Melanie Rodriguez/Patient & Advocate