A little more than a year ago I was struggling at work. I had been in the same department for 20 years and it was time for a change. A few positions opened which piqued my interest, so I applied. After interviewing for two of the jobs which I thought I would have been a shoo-in for, I was disappointed to learn that the positions were offered to others.
I started to focus on my feelings about being passed over for the jobs. I was sad, disheartened, angry and a little confused. I had prayed about each position. I believed my years of experience and commitment to our organization would make me the top choice. I asked God for “favor” in the eyes of those who interviewed me. So, why God, was I not offered either position?
I realized that I had forgotten to pray the prayer which never fails, that God’s will be done. Sure, I asked God for favor and I “told” Him how much I “really wanted” the job…but, I never thought to ask that His will be done. A while after this another position opened. It interested me, but the hours were considerably less. I almost did not apply. Another employee in that same job role sought me out and encouraged me to apply. This interview “felt” different. There was a peace during the interview. I realize now the peace was from our omniscient Father God. I see now that even though I had forgotten to ask for it, God’s will was being done.
The job was offered to me, I accepted, and the experience has been so amazing! My new colleagues are wonderful, I am gaining even more experience and meeting so many new people. This job has been a “perfect fit” for me.
Recently Covid-19 has created a pandemic in the world; what we once knew as “the norm” currently no longer exists. There have been so many individuals across our nation who have lost their jobs due to mandated business closures and the failing economy. I praise God daily for the job I continue to have.
Today as I was thanking God for my job I heard this quiet voice within me say, “Do you remember how frustrated you were when you did not receive those other positions? Those two jobs are no longer in place; the individuals who accepted those positions have been furloughed. I knew which job you were to have, even if you thought otherwise”.
Our God knew Covid-19 would happen. He knew well before I applied for a new job over 14 months ago which positions would be furloughed. Our God is not a God of coincidence; He is omniscient, and He grants favor to those who believe in Him. My disappointment in not getting the positions I “thought” I deserved has turned into so many blessings that I cannot even begin to count them. It is entirely because our Heavenly Father knew where I needed to be during this unprecedented pandemic that both my employment and my joy are secure. How about you?
“Heavenly Father, thank You that Your Word says You have plans to prosper us (Jer 29:11). Lord Jesus, thank You that You alone know what is best for us. You Word says in 2 Sam 22:33,” It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure”. Praise be to God that our way is secure in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank You, Father, for Your provision in our lives. Thank You for knowing our future from before we existed and for turning our (perceived) disappointment into blessings. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner