I was alone in the room which sported: white walls except for the occasional motivational poster and a white board with various indiscernible scribbles in red marker. The employees words: “The General manager will be with you soon,” bounced around the walls in my head. My fingers tip-tapped the table twice the pace of my heart. I turned my phone off so I had no idea how long I waited for my interview to begin, but it was an agonizing wait. This job interview literally combined all of my fears into one situation:
a) the unknown: Unknown questions asked by a stranger.
c) a test : No really, upon arrival, the employee handed me a brochure and said: “Study this information. You’ll need to know it for the interview.”
I went over the four main points of the brochure in my head over again and once I knew I had it. I decided a quick prayer might be of good use. “God, I really need you. I’m scared. I don’t want to blow it. I’m scared because I’m alone.” This was my first job interview that was one-on-one. There was an empty chair next to me and I don’t know if it was my idea or God’s, but I pictured Jesus sitting there next to me. Just like in those cheesy cartoons that are floating around Facebook. But, I imagined Jesus incarnate right next to me and him pointing to me and saying to the imaginary manager: This girl is rad, you should hire her. Not only does Jesus have cool lingo, but He really is there. God is always with us. And as a visual learner, picturing Jesus there (like He really is) actually calmed me down immensely. Just in time too because the manager walked in. We exchanged handshakes and “nice to meet you’s.”
Upon sitting down, he said: “I’m sorry the employee left you here all alone.”
“That’s okay!” I said with a smile and I thought to myself:
I wasn’t alone.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17 NLT