After a lengthy period without work, I landed the plum job. No, it didn’t make me rich, but it enabled me to use my brain in very interesting work. It was a real joy to go to work. Imagine, in that situation, to come to a point where you’re told that there isn’t any more work.
My first day in this job, I was given a large pile of inter-company invoices and another pile of bank statements. The question was to discover which money in the bank belonged to which company branch. I felt a bit like a detective, going through the papers and getting the money matched up to the correct invoices.
Starting with the obvious and easily able to be matched amounts, got a large number out of the way. Then onto the ones that were not so straight forward and finally tackle the problems, where there were very few clues as to which matched what.
After some eleven months it was decided that the few invoices that had not been matched would be written off, and I was congratulated on the thorough job I’d done. I was then told I could have a job in the Credit Dept. That ended up being a disaster.
I was called into the manager’s office and told that they had given me the wrong job, one I was not suited to. He said he would look throughout the company to find me a position. I was happy about that.
Ten days later I was told that there wasn’t any other job that would suit me and that I was being given four weeks to look for another job. Part of me panicked, but as I walked out of the manager’s office I said, very quietly, “OK Lord, if you are taking this job away from me you must have a better job ready for me. Thank you.”
At the end of the four weeks I had a very suitable job lined up and took a ten day holiday before commencing it. Again I was employed where my investigative ability was required to sort out the mess that I was confronted with. A challenge that I really loved to work at. That employment lasted considerably longer.
If we really trust Father God, then we have to trust that he has to remove some things out of our lives so that he can give us what he has in store. I was so blessed in my new job, doing what I was so good at, sorting out the mess.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. The first part of this quote is so easy to do. However, frequently we still lean on our own understanding. This time I was determined to systematically search for a job which I knew Father God had set aside for me. It was an amazing experience, which I recommend to anyone who wants to try.