A friend of mine in our church worked in the same position at her job for 19 years. She worked in the Licensing Department as a Administrative Program Manager. Recently a position opened up in her department and she applied for it along with other people. It was an advancement and she was well qualified. Her friends in the department were so sure that she would get the job and she had her hopes lifted up that she would get the job also.
Well, when the day came for the announcement, she did NOT get the job. Disappointment prevailed. In fact, the man who got the position was certainly not qualified so, my friend was often the one this man came to for advice, instructions and directions in how to do difficult procedures and problems.
Since my friend is a Christian young lady, she settled in her mind to set aside her disappointment and do what she could to help the man and the many difficult procedures that would need to be done. She realized that suffering is not something to be endured……it is an opportunity to seek God more passionately and know Him more deeply. Faith grows when we lean into God and trust Him for needed strength when times are hard.
Time passed on and for one whole year, she accepted this way and knew God’s plan for her life was to be her plan. Then one year later a new position in a completely different department opened up and to her surprise she was asked to apply for it. It turned out she was hired and found out that she loved the job and found it to be a lot less stressful. The hours allowed her to go into work earlier and get home at a reasonable time, missing the stressful traffic.
Oh, how we have been rejoicing over God’s timing and God’s plan for her life. If she had been hired for the other job and taken that position, she never would have been considered for this job. She sincerely wanted to follow the Scriptures and obey what the Lord commanded. This she did for one whole year, and the result was amazing. Thank you Lord! We give you all the praise!