Having been unemployed twice before, I have sort of discovered a few things through experience. One is that the best qualified person for a job isn't always the person that gets hired. Even so, whenever I see a job that I know I would be a great candidate for, I get my hopes up that I'll be the one that gets hired.
I knew back in December that I might be looking for work this summer and got the confirmation about three weeks ago. Two weeks ago I asked the folks in my home Bible study group to pray about the situation. I also asked some online friends on a message board I hang out on to pray about it as well. I got a call from a friend on Tuesday about an almost "perfect fit" job that was advertised in the local paper. Not only do I fit the job description, I know some folks that work there already that I can use as good references. I've already mailed out my resume to apply for the position. Now I get to wait for the phone to ring.
Two weeks seems like an awfully short time based on my past experience. The two previous times I've been unemployed it took me nearly a year to find a decent job. I know God works in "mysterious ways" and that it's entirely within His providence to provide me with a new job tomorrow if He wants to. Yet I don't want to get my hopes up. It's too good to be true. It's too quick. It's too easy. I haven't suffered enough. Other "sure things" never came true, this one probably won't either. There's my problem of doubt and trust popping up it's head again. I can really identify with Thomas. Show me the scars, Jesus! As Yogi Berra said, "I'll belive it when I believe it."
Anyway, I'd appreciate everyone's prayers on this one. I probably won't hear anything until the deadline for applications passes, April 24, so keep praying about it and I'll let you know if I hear anything.