"13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil." James 4: 13-16
I always shy away from talking too much about my job search on Facebook and my blog mostly because it's been over a year since I've been looking for one. Add to that the verse above and the fact that if I find a job I will in many ways be abandoning the ministry I am currently volunteering at and I become all the more hesitant. Moreover, when you have been turned down for at least five jobs you start to grow a bit fearful, especially when it comes to ministry. I start to worry that maybe I misunderstood what God is calling me to do, that I'm being too picky, too specific, too bullheaded, not willing to try something different. I also struggle with the fear that the reason my last job ended was because of something I did wrong, that I stink at what I love to do. I've lost night's of sleep spent in worry (and in prayer) over all of these things, including the fear that I will disappoint someone no matter what I do.
And so I find myself hesitantly excited about my job interview tomorrow. I had all but given up my search for youth ministry positions when Richard Harris, the Young Adults Pastor at Christ EPC, found one that I had missed. A PCA church in Matthews, North Carolina, a place I'd never heard of, is hiring a full time Middle School Girls Youth Director ASAP. ASAP. As in July. Unlike the other times I've applied for various youth positions I applied for this one with very little hope. When I got an e-mail back with the application I struggled through the answers, feeling like I was hitting a wall, like I was brain dead, and I ended up sending it in feeling even more dismal than before.
But God never ceases to surprise me. Two weeks ago I get a call from the Youth Pastor and have a little mini interview, then yesterday he calls again to set up a Skype interview with the staff. I'm excited... but still hesitant. A church in Mississippi flew me down for an interview a few months ago only to turn me down later, and the prospect of such a large church is a little overwhelming, but I know that even if I don't get the job it's all part of God's good and sovereign plan. It's been painful. It's been exhausting. But God has shown me so much about Himself and I am learning to trust Him while I wait.
So please pray for me as I prepare to interview tomorrow. Pray that I would have wisdom, a clear mind, and that I would rejoice no matter the outcome.