Do you see it? Right over there, it’s your miracle. See you thought it would be wrapped a different way. This isn’t the way you pictured it..I know, I know, it happened to me too. So stop wrestling with the details.
Our Bites of Style word of the day is preconceived notion – an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence
I remember many moons ago applying for a hotel manager position. I prayed for a huge opportunity. I wanted more, so I searched online and had my first interview in weeks. Boy God sure does work fast, right?
The hotel was a gorgeous 5 star property with all the trimmings. It was perfect. And after 4 interviews in one day, I knew this was for me. I called my family and said,”God answered my prayers.” They were excited too. I waited by the phone each day, and finally three days later the call that would change my life finally happened. But, I missed it . Thank God for voicemail, oh yeah. Truthfully, I knew what the call was for, my job offer was finally here, but no one would offer it through voicemail. I knew human resources was leaving their extension for a call back. I listened closely to the voicemail,” Thank you for coming in, “she said. “Everyone really enjoyed you, but we have decided to go a different way.”
Immediately, I knew this wasn’t happening . Human Resources must have called the wrong person. So, I called her back. And now I got to hear the lovely human resources woman say,” Sorry, we are hiring someone else.” I was in shock. “Is it the money? I can take less, “I said. “Can you tell me why? I went through 4 interviews?” The lovely lady had no answers just to say it was final. I hung up the phone feeling worse than before, I didn’t understand it. My dream job, was now a nightmare. I was not only disappointed, but embarrassed at how I almost begged for the job. God doesn’t work that way, and I knew it, but I couldn’t see clearly, so I couldn’t think clearly, so I said stupid stuff. I still can’t believe I offered less money. I guess I was trying to rule out all hindrances. Well it didn’t work at all.
I honestly didn’t want to try every again. I stepped out on faith and got slapped in the face. I felt defeated. Weeks later, I received another interview at a bigger hotel with steep competition. This hotel was brand new and every manager in the city, and some out of the city applied for these jobs. But I tried again. It took courage fueled by faith. Just like in when the Hebrew boys were asked to bow to Nebuchadnezzar statue. I love their response. Nebuchadnezzar wanted to give them a second chance to reconsider, sound familiar? But instead Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” Daniel 3″16-18
God gave me the strength to stand up and do the whole interview process again. And 4 days later I had the job. The best job of the two I might add. See the dream job I was so devastated over wasn’t a dream job. It just looked like one.. The job I was offered opened up my eyes to a whole new level of excellence, it also came with paid 3 month travel and training, and even free hotels on an island in Florida. Now, they didn’t tell you this online when you applied, or even in the 1st 6 months. But this is what God had for me, now that job was a dream…And I am so thankful I kept the faith and tried again.. My point is, don’t wrestle with what God is doing in your life. Don’t become angry, bitter, mad or even disappointed for a second. God is so faithful!Any door God closes was the wrong door. So don’t mourn, or even embarrass yourself like I did over what seems lost.. Your dream is still coming, it’s just wrapped up differently than you imagined. I am not sure why God allowed me to be disappointed before giving me the dream opportunity, but what I am sure about is trusting Him. If I didn’t try again I would have never gotten the new opportunity. Don’t knock down a door He’s closed, seek God for the new door.. And try again