Trusting Divine Direction

I just received word today that I didn’t get a position with a company I initially felt excited about.  Perhaps this sounds like bad news—at least for a moment.  Here was a chance to gain new experience and preparation for future management positions with experience overseas.  I had anticipated just such an opportunity several years back and so when the opportunity came knocking at my door, I thought it was time.

However, like a lot of things in my life, I made this a matter of prayer. The result: a feeling of ambivalence shortly after the final round of interviews, something I couldn’t really shake in spite of all apparent advantages and the encouragement of family and friends.  While I waited for a decision I tried to rationalize accepting an offer if extended, but I felt as if the whole thing had left my mind, as if someone I really trusted had told me to forget about it.  The outcome?

I didn’t get an offer, but the real outcome is still to be determined.  As humans, we can be so short-sighted sometimes.  I had a similar experience with a career opportunity a few years back.  Everything seemed to line up just perfectly and then?  The company instituted a hiring freeze right after interviews.

So instead I pursued other opportunities with my employer which lead to my meeting my sweetheart wife—something I’m extremely grateful for.  Had I been offered a position, I would have taken it and things would be different today.  As I look back on things, I see that things have probably worked out for the best.

Anyone have similar experiences?

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  1. Brigham

    We never get to see what would have happened, so it’s hard to know for sure that things turned out for the best. But all the same I have had some similar experiences, although I wasn’t quite as astute as you to recognize beforehand that a particular path wouldn’t be the best. I had an interview lined up for an investment banking job at an internationally prominent bank. I was walking out the door to the airport when I realized I had the departure time wrong–the plane had actually already taken off. They offered to interview me two weeks later, but by then I had to commit to other options, so I’ll never know how I would have fared on Wall Street! Since then I have taken a path in a very different direction, but I have had experiences and learned things and received blessings that I feel strongly I wouldn’t have had had I gone the other route, so I believe I was unwittingly the beneficiary of divine direction.

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