Hello, My name is Sharon Camille Walker. I am blessed to have endured over 20 years in the US Air Force traveling all over the world serving in various clinical, administrative and executive leadership capacities.  I attribute my resilience and positive outlook from my unique upbringing and the patience of a spiritually grounded grandmother who raised and lovingly encouraged me in practically every aspect of life.   Completion of a rigorous nursing program at the University of Tulsa and pursuing a graduate degree while excelling as an officer brought ample opportunity to expand on my writing talents and imagination.  There’s been speculation that some performance evaluations require much creative thought and ingenuity.  You could say I got my share of creative exercise. Writing had always been something I did well and enjoyed but never really took myself seriously in a “literary way”. I’ve written many reports, operating guidance and short articles relating to my profession or position. That’s why I am honored to be a part of Gulf Coast Writers Association and inspired by the awesome talent so graciously, openly shared.  My husband, Benjamin and I are retiring in Biloxi and enjoy getting to know one another again.  Although I’ve been retired for almost 5 years, I’m originally from Indiana and he’s from Arkansas, both cold states.  We’re considering staying in this area a little while longer.
      

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME

Have you ever been placed in a situation where you were wronged?  I’m talking to you.  Oh yes, falsely accused, some might say.  Perhaps misunderstood or down-right lied on. 

Someone considered that on your job you of all people had done something contrary to protocol.  You feel disheartened even though in reality you did nothing wrong. There is no reason you should feel discouraged. Why should you be ashamed?  So many emotions well up inside you.  You contemplate the entire dilemma. Perhaps steps were missed, protocols not followed?  So you meditate again on your actions, recounting each step.  Again and again you ponder your recollections of what was done and how.  Could it have been accomplished differently?  Maybe they are right. You pray, you think, you cry, you even yell out,” WHY ME?!”  You’re hollering now, tears, snot and saliva. That’s pure grief. Why should you be ashamed, embarrassed or sad?  They have wrongly accused you.   Even so, it’s in your thoughts now and your heart feels defeated day after day.  You feel so alone and unfit.  Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, are you, weak worm of the dust.

I N S I N U A T I O N is a baddddd word.  It even sounds like a sin.  Something awfully wicked, not right, sinful, vicious.  Yes, this whole thing is quite wicked.  Wait a minute!  A light bulb moment ignites your being.  You get a tissue, blow your nose and compose yourself.    A brightness forms in your heart as you remember the promise of Psalm 3:3, “But you Oh Lord, are a shield around me; the one who holds my head high.” You stop and say out loud, “you gotta be kidding me!” Satan, you’re a liar!  You’re a cheating enemy and you’re not going to defeat me!  You recognize and know it’s real… it must be…that evil manifestation called spiritual warfare.   It’s written in the book of Galatians 6:12, God’s holy word,  that we war not against flesh and blood enemies but mighty powers in this dark world.  Those insinuations!

You know what to do as you shout, “Thank you sweet Jesus!”  You then follow direction in Galatians and put on every piece of God’s armor so that you will be able to resist the enemy.  Some are unbelievers. They are looking at you wondering why you not beat down.  They can’t conceive how you can be unshaken and smiling.  You are the righteousness of Christ.  Therefore, you have nothing to be ashamed of.  You would never compromise your values of professional etiquette.  This insinuation has gone too far. Your head is lifted high.  You are standing on the promises from Psalm 25:21, “May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in You.”

We must believe in hope and hold it close to our hearts as we encounter worldly troubles, challenges involving evil people who are dishonest, looking out only for themselves. They don’t care how hard you worked to get where you are, to achieve status, skill, respect and education indicative of excellence in your profession.   In any event,  it is what it is.  So let us not fret, especially over things out of our control.  You say to yourself, “Self, it’s a new day.”   God is in control, working through us in all matter of things.  Some circumstances are not to be resolved and some may take a while.  Therefore, as paraphrased from Ephesian 3:20, leave it to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask, think, dream or imagine .    So, praise God!  No kidding, move on people!  We are to enjoy life’s journey. 

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