I've been looking for a job for a couple (2) months now... and by looking I mean I've been clicking and tapping digital job postings online. I haven't had the guts (read: humility) yet to do an old school "walk-in" application. You know the kind I'm talking about? The kind where a man or woman who's been working at the same job for 10-15 years gets laid off, and because they've had the patience to work at the same place for 10-15 years they probably also have the humility to bag groceries or take your order at Starbucks. They're the salt of the earth kind of people. There is a guy at my church like this. I had coffee with him the other day. I want to be like him when I'm older. Or even tomorrow.
I had an interview this week in Raleigh, NC. It was for a position in the Atlanta market. I left around 4:30 a.m. to drive there. It's about a 5-6 hour drive... depending on traffic. My butt started hurting about midway.
My interview was at 10 a.m. I arrived at 9:30 a.m. I'm usually early. It's a blessing and curse. I arrived to a receptionist who said, "yessir, he'll be with you soon. He's interviewing other candidates." Whew. That took the wind out of me. So, there I sat. I didn't wear a tie. The guy next to me did. 10 a.m. came and went. So did 10:30 a.m. Around 11 a.m. the recruiter came out and said he could see me. The interview lasted about 10 minutes or so. He said I looked pretty qualified but unfortunately there weren't any immediate openings in the Atlanta market. I was a bit confused because that's what the job posting was for. I have NO poker face. I'm sure he could read that. He said, "But, we do have an immediate opening in Shreveport, Louisiana if you're interested?" I told him I'd think about it and let him know.
On the drive home I began to get discouraged... my spirits were briefly lifted when I stopped at Chick-fil-A for their new treat (see below)... but after I finished the treat I got discouraged again.
I was wondering what God was doing... why have me drive 12 hours round trip for a 10 minute interview for a job I'm obviously not going to take? I thought back to the guy from my church... He said he lost his job a few times in life too... I bet his situation was weightier than mine. He had kids. And a wife. And not a lot of retirement. And bills. And car repairs.
I'm back in Greenville now... writing this at a coffee shop. I don't have the answer to what God is doing... but I'm thankful for that Frosted Lemonade. Only 330 calories! Can you believe it?