Best birthday present ever, thank you God!
You guys might remember me talking about my frustrations in my job search. I’ve been looking and sending out resumes since my senior year of college, and after 18 months of rejections and disappointments, God didn’t let me down. I knew that He was going to do great things for me this year, and that His words for me for 2012 was “Have faith“. Truly this period of waiting for God’s plans was a test of faith, but I knew that He would come through for me at the end.
Last month I finally got an interview at a small but upcoming software development firm not far from where I live. It went well[1. Or so I thought], but I didn’t hear back from them for 3 weeks. I thought I had failed, but just when I did, they emailed me back for a second interview. I went to that last Wednesday, and to my surprise, there was a test! Despite not having prepared for that at all, I did well on it and on the interview in general[2. Again, so I thought]. They said they’d get back to me within a week or 2 for a final decision.
Today I got an offer letter. With a salary that was above and beyond my expectations. Despite the fact that I’m an international student[3. It's more troublesome than you think, a lot of companies avoid us like the plague ]. The crazy thing was that it happened so quickly, and just a day after my birthday! I had casually asked God if I could have a job as my birthday present this year, but I never really stressed when because God’s timing > my timing. I just thought that it’d be nice. And if my birthday didn’t happen to be on a weekend, I actually would’ve heard back before my birthday!
Even as I write this I’m still in awe at how everything happened and the perfect timing of it all. I know some of you might think it’s a coincidence, or I’m exaggerating, but I can only say what Jeremy Lin said of his NBA career: God’s fingerprints were all over the place. It’s the truth.
“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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”