A few years ago, before we moved for my husband’s job, I was a social worker in a nursing facility. I loved my job and felt much fulfilled with my duties. After we moved, I found out that there was a facility not far from our house hiring for the very position I had before we moved. I was thrilled and just KNEW this was what the Lord had in store for me. I went in and applied for the job.
A couple of interviews later and being told that my resume was very impressive; I anxiously awaited the call to be offered the job. After about a week the call came and I was informed that the job had been given to another person from the inside. I was DEVASTATED. I felt rejected and I felt embarrassed. I had people praying for me about that job. What would they think of me? It was a hard blow to say the least.
In an attempt to move on, I applied to substitute at the local school. I had taught in the past and figured it was better than nothing. I do enjoy working with kids and there is such a great need for substitutes that, unless you're a criminal, you are pretty certain you've got the job.
During this time, my mother was battling end stage cancer. As time went on, I became aware of the fact that if I had gotten that other job I would not have been able to care for and be with my mother like she needed. Working as a substitute gave me the control of when I could and couldn’t work. When my mom needed something, I just told them I wasn't available. The more I thought about it, the more thankful I became of the fact that I didn’t get the other job and I was reminded that the Lord really does know what He is doing.
I began processing that a little more and my heart settled a bit. In fact, it settled A LOT! There is a verse that I have instilled into my children for years that assures us that God holds our future in the palm of His hands. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God knows exactly where I am and where He wants me to be. He knows the plans He has for me.
If we are faithful to commit our ways and decisions to the Lord, He will guide us and He will take care of us. As I look back over my life at the many times I have not been promoted or gotten a job that I had my heart set on, I can see how the Lord had a better plan for me.
Even in those moments when we feel defeated and rejected, the Lord is working His plan into our lives. He sees the bigger picture way more than we do and He knows best where we should and shouldn’t be. Isn’t that a great assurance? The fact that I began thanking Him because I didn’t get that job is a pretty cool thing.
If you are in a season of feeling defeated or rejected, rest assured that God hasn't forgotten you.He knows exactly where you are, has a plan for you, and it’s a GOOD plan. I encourage you to lift up your situation to Him and seek His wisdom and guidance for your life.
Oh, and a pretty cool bit of information that I later found out? The job for which I was turned down was given to a lady whose husband had just lost his job and they needed the extra income.
It isn't always about us. God is continually enter-twining all of our lives to work for His good.