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Not long ago, I applied for a secretarial job that I really, really wanted.

After working part-time, I had come to realize that I really needed something more stable. Especially since I'm in the second half of my life when health benefits become more necessary. I had worked in the school system before, so I'd been hoping that something might come up in the schools that would be a good fit. So when the secretarial job opening appeared in the newspaper, I immediately applied for it. The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that this opportunity was truly a God thing.

Mark and I both felt it could be an answer to prayer, but since the local school district had been  forced to cut several staff positions, we knew that there would likely be many applicants for this job. So we prayed a lot about it. "Lord, if you think this is what we need," Mark prayed, "then please open it up for Gwen." But if there is someone else who needs it more, we accept that.

So, it was done. I applied, and it was in God's hands. I told God I trusted Him either way. I tried not to think about it too much, but I just couldn't help it. I would find myself praying, Okay, God, I know You know what's best, but I really, really would like to have it.

Finally, the phone rang with the voice of the principal at the other end. “We would like to set up an interview with you,” he said. I knew it!! I thought. I knew this was a God thing.

Most of All I Prayed

So an interview was scheduled. I prepared as well as I could. I reviewed in my mind every question that might come up. I asked my grown kids for interview tips since they were fresh in the job world. I bought a new blouse. Most of all I prayed, still acknowledging that I would accept God's decision.

The interview went as well as I could have imagined. Now I just had to wait. I didn't wait long, though, because the next morning the principal called to tell me they had chosen someone else. I was disappointed. However, I was surprised at how quickly I accepted it. "Well, Lord, we prayed for what was best, so I accept it." I had a rather jubilant feeling, in a way, because I realized that I had meant what I had prayed.

If I hadn't had to face being disappointed, I wouldn't have known that I truly did trust God's decision. Mark and I wouldn't have known for certain that we really did trust God's judgment, either way. "Thanks, Lord," I prayed, "for giving me this test."

The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

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