After doing 30 minutes of stretching this morning, I cleaned up and put on grownup clothes. I stepped outside for my first day of work. It was a dry morning. As I drove to city hall, a half moon winked at me out of the slowly clearing sky. The blue sky, pale and innocent, little by little tried to appear.
I parked my car and walked to the front of the building. I pulled on the handle but it didn’t give. Lights out, doors locked. I remembered I didn’t have keys to the brick edifice. But just in case someone walking in on the back side could let me in, I headed around the corner. No dice. Saw a parking lot full of cars but no comers.
A police car pulled into the lot. Did I mention I was standing right in front of the police car parking area? The policeman emerged from the car, a dark-haired man with glasses.
“Hi. Can I help you?” he asked.
I’m sure I looked pretty suspicious, lurking around the back of the city government offices.
“Uh…it’s my first day and I don’t have a key,” I said, feeling sheepish.
“Oh. What will you be doing?” he asked, his eyes taking in my attire and attitude.
Was this a test?
“I’m going to be a file clerk, upstairs,” I pointed up. Yeah, that made sense. Sigh.
“Okay.” He smiled.
“Hi, I’m John Doe. Nice to meet you.” We shook hands. Whew! I passed. He entered the key-padlocked door, waving goodbye.
I continued to wait and watch the sky. A lone seagull floated away from the bay. Fuzzy edges of white clouds blurred above me. I breathed in the morning’s beauty.
Suddenly, I saw someone walking towards me. It was my new boss, calling out a greeting. I took a deep breath, let it out and smiled. Let the new day begin. I’m ready.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24