I have been looking for a job on and off for two years now. I have sent out countless resumes and have had a bunch of interviews, but nothing has panned out.
I have had my eye on a couple of companies that I would have loved to work for and have sent my resume in response to several job openings but again nothing has ever panned out. That was until this January.
At the beginning of the year I applied to the International Missions Board for a dream position. And this time they wanted to interview me. I was so stoked!! Here it is! This is why God hasn’t opened any doors. He had this dream job all set up for me but I just had to be patient.
So for a little over 2 months I was back and forth with interviews and emails and phone calls. I told everyone I saw and asked them to pray that things would go smoothly. It was taking forever, but good things come to those who wait, right?
Well in this case, turns out good things don’t. After the final interview round I received a generic email stating that they would not be considering me for the position. It was the exact same email I would get from them when my resume didn’t include enough key words to proceed forward. You know that one you get within 12 hours of submitting your resume when you know no human being has even looked at it.
I was crushed. And to make things even better I now had to tell everyone I didn’t get it. I’m still telling people I didn’t get it. And it still hurts. It’s been 3 weeks.
So during this process I am having real talks with God. I mean who else can you be as real with? So I am letting God know that I am not happy. I don’t understand why He has me where He does. And I literally say “I know You are covering my bills, but I would love to be able to treat myself. I know I don’t need new things but sometimes when I’m in the U.S. it’s just nice to be able to get something new.”
I’m not going to lie, it’s harder when I’m in the States to be poor than when I’m overseas.
While I’m dealing with all of this I’m still living my life. I can be upset and move forward at the same time. But I’m still looking at the things I want. It’s been weeks that I’ve been looking at this Yeti 20 oz. tumbler in olive that they no longer sell so I’m settling for the white. I keep checking to see if there was a reasonably priced one on Ebay. I’m on Made by Mary consistently looking at their jewelry, drooling over their new flower disc bracelets. I mean they have 3 of my favorite flowers and my birth flower with beautiful meanings to be reminded of. (Side note: I LOVE flowers)
While I’m looking at all these things I just keep wondering why God has not provided for me? Why do all these jobs not work out? Why am I at this point in my life? I’m just frustrated.
I tell you all of these things so you will really know what this stone will mean for me.
This weekend my sister volunteered me for a woman’s conference at my church. I was in no way planning to help. There was a special speaker coming and I had read her book. I was excited to come and just enjoy myself. She actually volunteered me a while ago. It was for sure when I was in the interview process with the IMB.
So the weekend came and of course I wasn’t going to say no. I love helping out. I went to the training and learned everything I needed. And then the conference started and I showed up day 1 on time and ready to help.
I walked into the area for volunteers to set my stuff down and noticed that there were these little gift bags lined up on the back wall. Me being me, of course I went to check them out. While I was doing just that I was told that these bags were for all the volunteers. My immediate response was, “No way.” I mean I looked in the bags and they were filled with some awesome swag.
Well turns out they were in fact for the volunteers.
And I wish I could have you guess what was in the bag. But since I can’t I’ll just let you know one of the items in the bag was a white 20 oz. tumbler!! It looked just like the Yeti. (Of course there are differences but they were ones that didn’t matter) I could have fallen over!
This was something I’ve been looking at for forever. The whole bag of gifts was everything I love. There was a note with flowers, a black ink pen (I only write in black ink, no other color. It’s an OCD thing), a coupon for my favorite things from Chick-fil-A, my favorite gum, and even Chapstick!! (Real Chapstick, not that fake stuff)
And God didn’t end there.
I was looking at the merch table thinking how if I had money like I did when I had a job I would buy the sweatshirt they had. It was the perfect gray color. It had a message of “Unexpected strength” which I needed to be reminded of. It had little flowers. It really had all the things. But again, I would never pay that much for a sweatshirt when I don’t have steady income. But I still told everyone how much I loved the sweatshirt.
At the end of the first session on the second day I got pulled aside and handed the sweatshirt. I cannot tell you how thankful I was. It really made me feel so loved.
And while I was thankful for these items I wasn’t thinking about sharing any of this. I mean, a cup doesn’t mean anything to you, but it meant all the world to me. And then when I was reading my notes a line stood out to me “We sometimes forget about all the provision around because we are focused on what we don’t have.”
I really get caught up in the fact that I don’t have a job. It’s a huge reason why I have missed a few weeks posting to this blog. I mean how can life be good when I’m still sitting over here unemployed and nothing is changing?
But you know what? God is still providing. He is still paying for all my bills. It’s been how long and I’m not missing payments? And here God is showing up and showing me that He will even give me the little extras that I really want but can’t pay for.
So this week’s stone is a white 20 oz. tumbler, a tumbler that reminds me while God has me waiting He will still provide in the little unneeded ways.