I guess the title says it all. I have been intensely searching for a new job for the last few months. It has been quite an exhausting process for me and my wife. She was relentless in searching for the perfect job for me, and submitting applications (which took up to an hour for some of them) on my behalf!
Within the last 2 months I went on 3 interviews and was called in for a 4th, but that one was after I had already accepted the first offer. I was beginning to get discouraged because most of the companies weren’t responding at all, and when I did get a response, it was to tell me that they choose someone else.
I wasn’t only applying to jobs with other companies, but I was also open to moving to a different department within my current company. In fact, all of the interviews that I had were with various departments within Rutgers University (where I currently work).
The funny thing is that when I had the interview for the job that I accepted, I was extremely sick! I assumed that I did terrible in the interview, and since I hadn’t heard anything in about a month, I just moved on to the next search.
The next search landed me an interview on a Wednesday, and I received an email regarding the interview from the month earlier – she wanted me to call her as soon as I had free time. So, after my extremely successful hour and a half interview, I called and was offered the job over the phone. I had been praying ever since the initial interview about what my response would be if I was offered the job, and since I felt comfortable that this was God’s will, I immediately accepted it.
Of course, later that afternoon, I was asked to provide references for the job for which I interviewed for that morning. I let them know that I was no longer in the running since I had already accepted another job offer a few hours earlier. I later found out that they were willing to offer the job to me, as long as my references were in order. Then the next day, I had another department within the university call me to schedule an interview!
I think it’s amazing that after I had begun to get discouraged (after looking for a job for at least a year), I essentially received 2 offers on the same day! All of this happened the day after I made a serious commitment to God to be content with my current job, while searching for a new one. I had been very dissatisfied and sinful in my reactions to the situation at work over the past year, and I knew that I needed to repent and put my trust in God.
I’ve written in the past (on my site about money and the bible) about ways to develop contentment, the sin of being dissatisfied with God’s will (this was actually a devotion by J.C. Ryle), and about honoring God at work. It is very easy to focus on ourselves or on our problems whenever we face difficulties, but we need to fight that urge and focus on God!
Anyway, I do find it to be amazing that I received these 2 offers after I had repented and made a commitment to honor God. I’m not saying that a worldly blessing will always follow obedience – in fact, many times the opposite will happen – but I do think that it is easy to see God’s hand in this situation!
I am getting back to having my full workouts in the mornings now. I been out running a few times and haven’t gotten injured, plus I changed a few small details in my workout and I can notice the difference!
It feels great waking up early again to read the bible, pray, and then workout. I really need to break through this wall or plateau or whatever you want to call it!
Tomorrow morning is my next weigh-in, and I am hoping for a drop from the previous week. I guess we’ll find out how that goes tomorrow.
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