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Inspiration for Today’s Devotional: “Rarity Takes Manehattan”

This episode doesn’t focus very much on Coco Pommel’s perspective, but I imagine nearing the end she was feeling rather bad. She realized that her employer had resorted to lying and cheating not only once but twice to swindle her competition out of winning at Fashion Week. That alone probably made her feel rather uncomfortable and dishonest as she, as her “underling”, had gone along with it. But when it became too much for her and she elected to quit her job rather than continue to work for an unethical designer, that likely just compounded her misery. Since we can assume Manehattan is rather like the real Manhattan, there were likely plenty of other designers and aspiring designers more than ready to fill her position, and the market was likely already glutted with those starting out on their own or seeking to become the protege of others. Now she had no job or way to make ends meet and no prospects of another one readily available.

At a time like that, probably one of the last things she felt like doing was tracking Rarity down just to give her the award she had earned when she had already left the competition. It was a big city, after all. And she might have already gone back to Ponyville. And even if she did track her down, she probably wouldn’t be her favorite person to see at the moment since she had silently assented to Suri’s lie by not exposing her earlier. And on top of all of that, it likely wasn’t going to help her deal with her own newfound unemployment. All she could really count on getting from the whole deal was the personal satisfaction of knowing she “did the right thing”.

Yet even though she didn’t plan on it being any benefit to her, Coco ended up with a nice surprise when going out of her way to tell Rarity the truth ended up landing her a new job. By focusing first on doing the right thing, Coco’s other need was taken care of.

I have a family member who has had a rough time in her life up until a few years ago, and while she has gotten to be independent she is far from what people would consider the median standard of living, and financial burdens are a huge problem for her. She was living in the cheapest places to rent (places I’d hate to even sit in, let alone eat and sleep out of with a child), using free public transportation to get everywhere, needing food stamps to get by, and wrestling with trying to spend more time with her daughter in the midst of a hellish daily schedule. But she also recommitted her life to God at the onset of this and was determined to follow Jesus and give what she could although she, like many people, would understandably be able to say they were in too dire financial straits to contribute. Yet she has anyway, and she’s been blessed as a result. She’s continued to have to deal with a number of financial struggles among others, but there’s always been a way out. If she’s had to leave a job, she’s always found another. She’s always found a way to get to her place of business. She even got an opportunity to rent a house for cheap in a much nicer neighborhood.

She’s just one person out of many I’ve heard testimony from who have impressed me with their faith in God. I myself have never been in a situation where I had no choice but to trust God, but I would have understood most of these people if they would have elected to “focus on themselves” given their circumstances. Yet they chose to keep pursuing God in the worst of times, and were blessed accordingly.

A passage from the Bible we all know but I wonder how many of us, myself included, truly believe is in Matthew 6:31-33, when Jesus addressed His disciples: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” My prayer for today is that I will be able to trust in this more; to never think so much of myself, even in the worst of times, that I neglect doing what’s right or what God has commanded me. As Paul says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Suggested Prayer: “Lord God, thank you for affirming our worth to you in your sacred Word and that you are always near to those who have committed themselves to following you. Help me to take heart and cling to the promises of the Bible where you have vowed to provide for me so long as I seek you first in my actions and lifestyle, and to have the bravery to trust in this. Gratefully in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”