I went into the interview thinking about how great the new job would be-it would keep me busy between Mercy Chefs deployments, give a little bit of extra income, and working in an environment I was already familiar with. Almost as soon as the interview started, though, I was told that they would like me to consider another position they thought I was more suited for-which happened to be a full time, permanent position. My immediate thought-reaction was "No way! I just want to work for the summer, and definitely not full time!" But the more they described the office job to me, my interest piqued. The position would be using exactly my gifting of administrative abilities and attention to detail. Still, on the inside I was screaming "No! I don't want a permanent job!"
I believe strongly that if an opportunity arises, it may be for a reason. While not all opportunities are meant to be taken, they at least deserve some thought and prayer. I walked away from the interview saying I would pray about it-almost sure that I would come back and let them know that I was not interested. We agreed to meet again after 5 days.
I went home and immediately talked to my husband, who really encouraged me to think about it seriously. So I prayed. Strange-that feeling of non-interest seemed to change a bit. The next day as I read my devotions, the very first words illuminated themselves to me: "Are you searching for peace?" Absolutely I was! I was searching for peace about the whole situation. While the entire situation isn't "perfect", I began to realize that God opened this opportunity to me. Maybe some day I will understand why! Yes, I will miss being able to go on Mercy Chefs deployments during disasters, as that flexibility just won't be there. But I have peace in knowing that I will still be able to continue working in the homeless outreaches, and perhaps some local disasters on weekends.
I met with the Lakeview staff again and accepted the position-and it just felt right! I definitely had the peace about it that I felt like I needed. I am excited to start my job training on Monday, and then begin at the beginning of May.