This is a road I am all too familiar with, being unemployed and looking for another job. I honestly thought that after having a great job for a year and gaining good experience that it would take no time for me to find another job.
Life looks a lot different from my expectations. I know this is God’s will in orchestrating all these unknowns in order for me to learn and trust Him more and more with my life.
The events below have recently fully unfolded so I could share a little bit of my story with you. I do not usually share stories like this, but I felt like this time it was important to write this down (or type) for unknown reasons I do not yet know.
Here is a Little Bit of My Story
After weeks of fervent prayer, I found a job posting with American Airlines for an Instructional Design position (This is the career field I am currently looking for work.) The requirements for this position fit my experience to a “T”. I applied and a week later I received a phone call from American Airlines wanting to do a phone interview. It went great, and I was pumped about making it to Round 2!
Then a week or so later I received notification that I had been pick for a face-to-face interview. A-mazing! I was 1 of 4 candidates chosen to interview. The face-to-face interview did not go perfect, despite prepping for a week. You can never can fully prepare for an interview since you do not know the specific questions that will be asked. I prayed up! Made spending time in The Word and with God a priority. I had faith that if God wanted me to have this job that He would give it to me.
After the interview, I continued with fervent prayer and quiet times. I really wanted this job and I wanted God to know I did! I knew it would be 2 weeks of waiting. Let me tell you that waiting to hear a decision about this kind of momentous opportunity was the worst. Oh boy, did God use this time to teach me more patience and more trust. Bottom line, I was trusting and hoping that He was going to give this job.
I thought that Friday I would hear something from American Airlines. It had officially been 2 weeks. By the end of the day, I was so bummed out when I did not hear back. I will admit during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I had started to feel a peace. A peace that was familiar. It was a peace I had come to recognize and know as God’s way of telling me “no” about something. Despite this feeling of peace, I continued to have my prayer and quiet times anyway. People, I really wanted this job!
I do not always check my email over the weekend. On Saturday, I kinda did it without even thinking about it. Before I knew it, I was staring at a rejection email from American Airlines. I did not get the job. Tears started to flow freely. Great sadness over this disappointing news. Lots of family and friends had been praying for me during this whole process. They knew I not only really wanted this job, but I needed it.
The next thing on my mental list was letting them know. This was not easy. I called, texted, Marco Poloed (video chat), and received a lot of encouragement in return.
The next day, Sunday, I did not mean to miss church. Y’all it was so cold. I was in my warm pjs and robe drinking my 2nd cup of tea. Relaxing was a really good thing after the news I had received the day before. Well, I looked up at the clock and realized I had 15 minutes to get ready.
I am the type of gal that can get ready in 15 minutes if I laid out clothes the night before. On a cold day trying to find what to wear along with ev-er-y-thing else. It did not happen folks.
When I miss church, I either watch YouTube sermons or Oakhills Church Live. This Sunday I felt the Holy Spirit leading towards YouTube.
This is what I watched: Even If He Doesn’t – Bianca Juarez Olthoff
Y’all the Lord knew what I needed to hear!
This is the main take away from this teaching by Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Is that not crazy? After the day I had on Saturday, this was and is a great reminder! Y’all…I still do not know the why, but I know the who! Since I know God is the One that is in control of my future, I am going to trust that He knows what His plans are for my life.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Thank you for reading a little bit of my story!