first part of the story.
I'm normally not one who blames God, sadly, I don't always give him credit.
I will admit that I stewed.
Fast forward one year later and I run into Jim at the local supermarket. We exchange pleasantries for a bit and catch up on life in our smallish suburb. Then he drops the question, "so, did you ever end up in IT?" and all the fabulous memories of job interviews gone awry come flooding back.
After I tell him that my current job is still working with my dad, he unleashes the next statement, "I've got a position in my office that you may find interesting."
Seriously God? Seriously Jim? I wasn't good enough the last time we rode in this rodeo, what has changed? Who signed me up for this torture? I had frankly stopped praying in earnest for an IT career. Why now?
Haven't we been down this road before?
Yeah, we all know I agreed to try again. I got my resume ready again, I interviewed with Jim again, with his boss again, with his boss's boss again. So he says to me as I'm leaving that he will be in touch in the next day or so. I consider telling him that I don't plan to turn blue holding my breath. Instead I ask him what my chances are. He tells me that they rarely hire outside his recommendation. Feeling cocky and with little to lose, I asked if I had his recommendation. He told me I wouldn't be there unless I did.
Suffice it to say, the whole conversation had me guessing as to why I hadn't received an offer for the previous job. Old memories came flooding back, insecurities push my fears towards feelings of complete inadequacy. I was miserable.
I wasn't miserable for long before I got a call and an offer to start the job.
I couldn't believe it. I took the family out for a celebratory dinner. After all the waiting, I had begun my career. My true calling had finally been called.
I learned that day that God doesn't always act in our time, but he hears all requests. He doesn't disregard any of them. He knows what is best for us.
But he wasn't done.
I'm reminded of a story I read that went something like this:
Man: God, what is a million dollars to you?
God: a million dollars is but a penny to me.
Man: God, what is a hundred years to you?
God: a hundred years is but a second to me.
Man: (after pausing to think) God, can I have a penny?
God: yes, just a second.
To be continued in part III.
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