Last year I was piercing ears for a physician run company in Manhattan. I then applied to a different company who had a contract with the local hospital where I live to do chart abstraction (putting information from a paper chart onto a specialized computer program). At both jobs I thought this was it, God was answering my prayers. They were both “office jobs” they both seemed exactly what I wanted, what I had been praying for the past 3 years. The only exception was that the chart abstraction job was full time and that was really great.
Then I was laid off. Ugh! I totally did not see that coming. I knew the abstraction job was temporary but the supervisors told us the job would probably last up to 3 years. I wasn’t expecting to only work 6 months and then collect unemployment.
I was frustrated when I was laid off. I would go to the gym after bringing Samantha to school, I needed something to do to pass the time, I was used to working full time. One while at the gym I was more frustrated than ever and began applying for jobs online via my iPhone. I had uploaded my resume to a job search website so it was easy to apply to any job from that site.
I applied to an insurance company doing intakes or something like that, I don’t remember exactly. Then I saw the job posting for the board of education for a school nurse for special needs children. I applied for the heck of it. The next thing I knew the insurance company called me for an interview at their home office… in Queens. At first I was ok with that. Then I started researching the company and there were a ton of complaints by guess who? The nurses. While that was going on the board of education emailed me wanting to schedule an interview. I was so surprised as it had only been 2 days since I sent my resume in. I quickly and politely cancelled the interview with the insurance company. I’ve written about my interview experience with the board of ed. How I had to take a written nursing exam complete with medical dosage calculations. Then the actual interview with 4 nursing supervisors. The whole time I was praying and texting and facebooking my friends and family. The final moment for me was right before I was told I was hired. I sat in deep prayer saying to God, “This is it Lord…I’m your’s…if this is the path you want me to take then I’ll do it…” Right then I was called back and told I had the job. That was not a coincidence or luck or the stars aligning just right. That was God.
I think the key to faith is summed up in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It’s also praising the Lord while weathering the storm, not just when things are going well or your way. I know I love praising The Lord when the sun is shining on my life and nothing could be wrong at that moment.
In October of 2016 my family went through quite a storm. It poured on us. I remember praying to The Lord and I remember saying, “Thy will be done,” because honestly I had no other choice but to bend to His will and trust that God knows what He is doing. Faith and trust. Two simple words but not simple doings.