God's on the Job! by Phil
Pam and I have been working through a book on prayer by A.W. Tozer (If you haven't read Tozer, you need to!) One of the things we studied is the power of specific prayer, and as is often the case, God brought us a perfect example.
As most of you probably know, our daughter Kayla graduated from college this spring. Then it was time for the next step, getting a job. Pam and I encouraged her greatly in this hunt, as she is getting married in November and we didn't want the new couple to live on our sofa. In addition, her future husband is feeling the call into ministry, and we know (from experience) there will be times when she will be the bread winner. This reminds me of when Pam and I were engaged. When I asked Pam's dad for her hand in marriage, he asked how I planned to support her. Being a musician I replied, "Actually, I plan on her supporting me." Not exactly what a father likes to hear. It's amazing we're even married today!
Kayla applied for several jobs, and we prayed with her that God would bring the right one. After many discouraging rejections, one company finally called her in for an interview. This was a good job, but she really had her eye on another company that offered better pay, better benefits, better hours and more opportunity for advancement. While waiting to hear from the first job, job #2 called for an interview. Then both companies called for second interviews. Excitement mounted around the Morgan household, as we praised God and continued to pray! The day before her interview with company #2, company #1 emailed Kayla a job offer and expected an answer in 24 hours. Now the dilemma: Hopeful about her chances of securing preferred job with company #2, but knowing they usually take at least two weeks to make a decision, Kayla was torn. Should she take the job and quit if company #2 came through? Or should she decline the offer and wait for a job that might not come? Kayla - an extremely honest and considerate person - felt really bad about taking a job only to turn around and quit a few weeks later if something better came along. On the other hand, any job is better than no job. What to do???
This was our opportunity to practice specific prayer. We asked God that whether "yes" or "no," company #2 would give Kayla an answer before she accepted the first job. Early the next morning, Kayla spiffied up in her professional best and ventured out on her second interview for job #2. Everything went great, but no offer or rejection was mentioned. So she came home, and still praying, we waited as the clock ticked down the remaining hours on her original offer... Jesus, please... Tick... Tick... Tick...
Early that afternoon, Kayla's phone rang. She expected the call to be company #1 asking for an answer, but instead, it was the hiring director from preferred company #2, who just so happened to be leaving on vacation the following day and wanted to wrap things up early before she left! She offered Kayla the job, and with a resounding YES(!!!), welcomed Kayla as their newest employee! Woohoo!!! Kayla got a job (the one she wanted all along), and we got our sofa back! Once again, God came through just in time!
Friends, I hope you will rejoice with us, and I hope this is an encouragement to you as well. Don't be afraid to be specific in your prayers. God cares about what you are going through this very minute. There's nothing too big or too small for Him, so go ahead and ask. When He says "Yes," it's awesome, and when He says "No," that's OK, too. He knows what we need when we need it. He won't bless you with something that is outside His will for your life, because He really does want the ultimate best for you. The important thing is building daily dependence on God. Jobs, people and possessions will come and go, but our relationship with the Lord will last forever. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21. That treasure has a name - Jesus.
Is something weighing heavy on your heart today? I'll leave you with a chorus I wrote several years ago...
Have you prayed, have you asked the One who knows what's best?
* Have You Prayed - words and music by Phil Morgan. Copyright © 2004 Jammin' Gentile Music, BMI.