At the beginning of the year, Pastor Prince said that 2014 would be a year of greater glory. But he also said that we would be exposed to things that we were weak in, and be placed in situations where we were not comfortable with and in the process, learn to rely on God completely, and see that He is greater than what we could think of. I experienced exactly that.
I was a proud person and I believed in myself. Although I always thanked God for blessing me and making everything easy for me in life, a part of me believed that my hard work, luck and intelligence all contributed to the success I had been enjoying.
I knew it was a wrong belief, but I never truly understood what it meant to rely on God’s strength completely. One day, I was looking for a new job with a better career progression and salary increase.
There was this particular company, the top giant company in the industry, which I always wanted to work for but never believed that I could be good enough to get in. In reality, everyone knew how hard it was to get into this company.
In one of the services in church, I told the Lord I would apply for this company the next time I see a job opening there. A few weeks later, a friend who was working there posted a job vacancy on social media. I was stunned because I thought it was a coincidence.
I mentioned before that I was a proud person. I had almost never asked anyone for help because I was just too proud for it. So at first, I was reluctant to contact this friend of mine to apply for the job, especially when we were just acquaintance. But since I told God that I would do it, I dropped this person a message and applied for the job.
I had my first interview with Human Resource. However, the interview didn’t go well and I was told that my experience was not right for the position. I was disappointed. But in the end, I thanked God that at least the recruiter was honest enough not to give me any false hope.
I went on with my life with no expectations and even forgot about my job application. But two weeks after, I got a phone call from another Human Resource personnel from the company saying that she wanted to schedule an interview with me for another position. I was hyped up! Yes, the first Human Resource personnel who contacted me did say that he would pass my résumé to other teams to see if anyone was interested. But back then I thought he was just rejecting me politely. This must be a miracle from God!
I went for the interview a few days after and it was a disaster! There were a lot of questions that I couldn’t answer. But anyway, it was really an interesting experience for me and every step of the way I kept thanking God for this wonderful experience.
The next day, I got a call saying that I was through to the next round. This was again another miracle because I really didn’t do well during the interview.
This continued for another five times. After each interview, I thought I had ruined my chances and that I was not good enough, and there was no way I could make it to the next round.
But every time, I was also reminded that it was not because of me that I got through. It wasn’t my strength, my capability and my intelligence but it was God who made everything possible. I only realised this during the 4th interview and since then, my mindset had completely changed. From that round onwards, I went to the interviews relying only on God. Finally, I understood that we were all nothing without God.
But the blessing did not end there. When I was one step away from being hired, I told God that though I would already be happy to get a position, it would be great if I could get a 10 per cent pay increase.
When they asked about my previous salary, I thought of exaggerating a bit, adding some bonus here and there to make it sound big so that their offer would be even bigger. But I kept reminding myself that I would rely on God for my blessings and I need not exaggerate if I truly believed in Him.
In the end, not only did God give me the job of my dream, but He also gave me a 25 per cent increase in salary! It was truly a blessing! Our God is a God who is able and willing to give us much more than what we could ask for or think of! (Ephesians 3:20)
To God be all the glory!