Monday, November 05, 2007

Are You Prepared For The Tests?

A while back my son lost his job with a major package carrier. He was very disappointed about this event in his young life. He knew what he had to do. He had to get a new job. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do or where he wanted to work.

So what do you do? How do you find a new place to work?

He immediately went to the mall and put in some applications. He came home and joined and He applied for several jobs and got a few responses.

First he got an offer to work for a home improvement store chain and was delighted.

Then I saw a sign on my way home advertising that a major airline was hiring for it's frequent traveler program's customer service team. His application was submitted that night.

As soon as he got started at the home improvement store, he was offered a position at the airline. He started at the airline just over 3 weeks ago. He has been working both jobs. To keep the airline job, he had to pass four separate tests. After each test, if you failed, you were out.

He really likes the airline job. He has discovered what he wants to do and where he wants to work.

Today was test four. He has studied, practiced and prepared for today since before his 1st day on the job (they had to learn city codes before they actually started). He passed! He is now ready to do the job he was hired for.

How did he get here? There were signs that were heeded and tests that were prepared for and passed.

Do you know where you are going? Do you need help to determine where you should be? Are you watching for the signs our Loving Lord is showing you? Are you heeding the signs? Are you in the Word daily preparing for what is ahead? Are you prepared for the tests that are sure to come your way as you journey with Him? Will you pass the test when the time comes?

James 1:2-4 (The Message) Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

1 comment:

Susan said...

It's hard working with the airlines, but I know people love it. I agree with you that sometimes we find our calling by taking a winding path. I also think that we sometimes miss signs along the way.

Great post.

:-) Susan