I had spent the last few days worrying, on and off, about what was about to happen. I didn’t realize it, but I’d been mentally counting down the days until the money ran out. No job = No money. No money = SERIOUS budget cuts.
Although we had a little in savings to help, I really just wanted to find a job so we could keep our emergency fund. However, it seemed that there just weren’t any jobs available in my wheelhouse. Plus, the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree was, incredibly, a deterrent instead of an incentive. I was told repeatedly, “You’re way overqualified for this job”. I was beginning to lose heart. If those jobs wouldn’t hire me because I was overqualified, then did that mean that jobs requiring even less wouldn’t either? I mean, had I disqualified myself from even retail or food service?
I got up on a Friday morning and got the kids off to school. I usually have my devotion time AFTER I get them out because it is too chaotic before. I have been using Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It is a marvelous devotion if you are looking for one. The devotion for the day was exactly what I needed. In part it reads:
TRUST ME AND REFUSE TO WORRY, for I am your Strength and Song. You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength. However, they are not today’s tasks —- or even tomorrow’s. So leave them in the future and come home to the present, where you will find me waiting for you.
Well, if that did hit the nail on the head, so to speak! But it was at the end of the devotion, where she lists scripture verses that correspond with the message, that I found comfort. Hebrews is a magnificent book in the Bible, so full of truth and encouragement. Hebrews 10:23 says:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL. I looked up the verse in different translations to absorb what the author was trying to convey. I made a flyer with the verse on it so that every time I opened a new Word sheet, it would open. I meditated on it all day.
I’d like to say that started counting my blessings, but that wasn’t really what happened. Every time I felt discouraged, I would look at the page and focus on the words, “He who promised is faithful,” and I would repeat it over and over. I was still having a hard day, but I wasn’t in total despair.
I knew the Lord had been faithful. He had always taken care of me and my family. What I should have done, instead of looking to the future and worrying about what might happen, I should have reflected on the past and what did happen. I should have thought about all the times that God had shown up and shown out.
I carried on with what He was having me do; write. Then the phone rang. It was an unknown number from a city fifty miles away. I don’t usually answer those calls because, usually, it is a telemarketer. But, since I had put my resume out on a couple of job sites, I paused, thinking it could be a potential employer. I answered the phone.
She was calling about a position I had applied for in the city where I live. She asked if I was still interested. (Duh) Of course! She also asked could she do a phone interview. (Duh) Of course! She was pleased and said that she would forward my application to the employer. I was ecstatic!
Then I got another phone call. Again, an unknown number from a city nearby. Like I said, I don’t normally answer if I don’t know the number, but I answered. The interviewer had called the employer to let them know they were forwarding my resume. The employer was calling. Could I come for an interview? (Duh) Of course!
The rest is history. HIS story! HIS story for my life. Like always, HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL.
Thank you Jesus.