Best birthday present ever, thank you God!

March 26, 2012 • Lifestyle, Quiet Times13 Comments

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You guys might remember me talking about my frustrations in my job search. I’ve been looking and sending out resumes since my senior year of college, and after 18 months of rejections and disappointments, God didn’t let me down. I knew that He was going to do great things for me this year, and that His words for me for 2012 was “Have faith“. Truly this period of waiting for God’s plans was a test of faith, but I knew that He would come through for me at the end.

All we need to do is bring it to the cross.

Last month I finally got an interview at a small but upcoming software development firm not far from where I live. It went well, but I didn’t hear back from them for 3 weeks. I thought I had failed, but just when I did, they emailed me back for a second interview. I went to that last Wednesday, and to my surprise, there was a test! Despite not having prepared for that at all, I did well on it and on the interview in general[2. Again, so I thought]. They said they’d get back to me within a week or 2 for a final decision.

Today I got an offer letter. With a salary that was above and beyond my expectations. Despite the fact that I’m an international student. The crazy thing was that it happened so quickly, and just a day after my birthday! I had casually asked God if I could have a job as my birthday present this year, but I never really stressed when because God’s timing > my timing. I just thought that it’d be nice. And if my birthday didn’t happen to be on a weekend, I actually would’ve heard back before my birthday!

Even as I write this I’m still in awe at how everything happened and the perfect timing of it all. I know some of you might think it’s a coincidence, or I’m exaggerating, but I can only say what Jeremy Lin said of his NBA career: God’s fingerprints were all over the place. It’s the truth.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13

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  1. Bonnie says:

    THAT IS AMAZING. CONGRATULATIONS! Are you an international student because you’re a citizen in Canada? Never lose faith, always stay positive! I’m so happy for you :) This makes me happy as well because I know a lot of my friends are having a tough time finding a job and I can just relate the stress that comes along with it. Best of luck with this position! :)

  2. Cat says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday, and congrats on the job offer! What a great birthday gift =D 3 weeks is a long time to wait, but I’m glad they got back to you. I’m really happy for you!

  3. Mai says:

    Happy belated birthday and congrats on the job offer :D! I’m graduating in May but I don’t have any jobs lined up yet so I’ll be in the jobless boat pretty soon (but my birthday is in May so maybe I’ll get to be as lucky as you?)

  4. Jenny says:

    Bah look what happens when I am away for a while. Pretty new layout… And happy birthday!! :)

  5. Liv says:

    Happy birthday! That really is a great birthday present so congrats on the job offer! I recently went for my first ever job interview and it went well. Although my job is unpaid I was still super happy, so can only imagine how exciting it would be to get a job with a salary beyond expectations. =)

  6. Aleida says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday and congratulations on your new job :D

  7. Amber says:

    Congratulations! I am glad that your waiting finally paid off. I will also keep that in mind. For you are right, God has plans for every one of us. His plans just happen in His own time. Just by seeing what you posted, I know I can keep my faith in Him. 

  8. Dayna Ngai says:

    Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations!!! :)

    I’m sure god has big plans for you. He’s watching us :)

  9. Angry says:

    NICE! That is the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for. 

    Congratulations and happy birthday. You deserve it :)

  10. rarerosebomb says:

    Hey Congratulation!!!!!! Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!!!

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  11. Malin says:

    Congratulations! :D What a nice birthday gift! :D
    And happy belated birthday!

  12. Robin says:

    CONGRATS on the job offer!  WOOTastic!  :D  God surely does hear prayers–not 24 hours after I prayed a tearful prayer wondering if I would ever get a job I could physically do, I got my first sponsored post offer.  :)  Praying that this job opportunity will be all you need!

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