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stableWithout oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest (Proverbs 14:4, NLT).

“I’ve submitted a proposal to manage an association and I’d like for you to pray about it with me,” she said. I wrote down the information so I would remember to pray specifically.

“I think we put together a great proposal,” she said, “but you just never know. You put in all of this effort, and long hours, but you still don’t know what the results will be. It’s so fluid. You just have to trust God with it.”

“I understand,” I said, “it’s kinda messy being in business, isn’t it? It takes a lot of trust in God.”

And it is.

And it does.

You ask the right questions. You listen carefully. You take good notes. You ask some more questions. Take more notes. And for what?

You don’t know until you know. Until they say “Yes” or “No.”

It’s messy work.

Fraught with fear—“What if they don’t accept it?”

Littered with doubt—“Did I get everything they said correctly?”

Loaded with anxiety—“Why am I wasting all of these hours?”

Yep, it’s messy work.

And yet it’s your work.

It’s what you do.

You get up, clean up, and go up to work day after day.

You take up the tools of your trade and apply your best efforts to express your Divine Design.

And yet, it’s messy work.

But what’s the alternative?

Clean work?

That doesn’t call on your best effort?

That you can just lie around and do with little effort?

Is that what God calls you to do for work?

There is an exponential correlation between the mess and miracle.

The messier, the more miraculous.

Or, as Solomon put it, Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest (Proverbs 14:4, NLT).

The more oxen, the messier the stable, and yet the larger the harvest.

Trust God with the results of your work even when doubt, fear, and anxiety try to shut you down.

Trust God with the results of your work even when it’s messy and you’re putting in long hours of hard work unsure of what the client will say.

Trust God and remember: the messier the stable, the larger the harvest.

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