By the end of 2014 I had settled in Glasgow where I was working towards a Master’s degree. I was about to complete my studies and also pondering my next career move.
In the previous two years, I had applied for specialist training in radiology and on both occasions I had been unsuccessful. Consequently, I considered applying for paediatrics instead, for which I had a couple of interviews lined up. However, I felt strongly that I should re-apply for radiology and reluctantly, I did so!
Following the second unsuccessful attempt, I had given up. I came to the conclusion that this was not meant to be
So when I felt this strong unction, I explained to God that I was willing to re-apply as He was instructing but I did not want the feelings of disappointment, failure and stagnation all over again. I submitted my application, prepared for and attended interviews in January 2015. Needless to say, when the results came out, the outcome was exactly the same: “successful in the interview, however on the waiting list”.
In brief, the way it works; there will be a specific number of jobs nationally, for instance 200 vacancies and these are allocated according to ranking in the interviews. Essentially, the top 200 applicants get job offers. If a job is not accepted, then it’s offered to the next applicant on the waiting list and so on. If then there are four or five people ahead of you on the waiting list, you stand a good chance of getting a job, on the basis that a few of those offered the jobs turn them down. This is however, not guaranteed.
A friend of mine was standing with me in prayer regarding this, but I did not disclose where I was on the waiting list. She understood that we needed a miracle…a “water-gushing-from-a-rock” type of miracle. When I told my then Pastor (James Glass of Glasgow Elim) he gave me Psalm 18:29: “For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall”. It was as if he had inside information since he too did not know whereabouts I was on the waiting list.
Meanwhile, prior to all this, I had an inclination to save up for a deposit to buy a house and so I did, frantically for that matter! I also started house hunting.
After having found a suitable property, unfortunately (as it seemed at the time), my mortgage application was declined; much to my surprise… The mortgage advisor informed me that I would have to wait another six months before I could re-apply. I paid no heed to his advice and went on to contact a credit bureau and my bank to get to the bottom of this. It took about 3-4 weeks to rectify what had gone wrong with the application. Further to my surprise, the bank acknowledged the error had been on their part, for which they voluntarily paid a tiny compensation…Phew!
It was now May 2015 and jobs would have been offered and accepted by March latest. Yet, there I was still waiting on the Red sea to part or a drop of water to come out of the rock.
It was within the 3 weeks of waiting for the bank’s investigation that the email came through. I had been offered a job! I had 48-hours to accept or decline the offer so I went online immediately to accept. It was only then that I realised, there had been 104 people ahead of me… Yes, one hundred and four!! I had known prior to this that there were about 95-100 people ahead of me, which is why I hadn’t disclosed this to those who stood with me in prayer, lest they became disheartened or lost faith.
We then re-located to Nottingham and I started specialist training in Radiology in August 2015. Two months later, on the 30th of September to be precise, we moved into a brand new house!
Not only am I grateful that God enabled me to jump through a troop as it were; He stopped the purchase of the house in Scotland through the bank error, knowing it was the wrong location, since the job offer would be in Nottingham. In addition, this error had been identified and resolved in time for a new mortgage application such that I did not have to wait 6 months.
My daughter asked what the point of writing a testimony that is similar to the one I wrote in the 1st edition of MoniqueToday was, which some of you may be wondering too…
The answer is simple… God still speaks! Furthermore, there are learning points from this:
- I have reiterated part of this verse, Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”, to justify when I want to give up. Yet the full verse says “…but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”. God fulfils our desires. He has given us those desires and He wants to fulfil them.
- So don’t give up! Make another attempt. You will remember the disciples having toiled all night but caught nothing. Luke 5:5 “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Especially when He says so, incline your ear therefore to His instruction. Dig another well and God will make room for you in which you will be fruitful… Genesis 26:22
- Don’t go ahead of Him… If He has given you an instruction and you are carrying it out, find out the next step. Similarly, if you believe He has called you, into ministry for instance, the next noble step may be to find out what exactly it is he has called you to do. No assumptions! He had said to save up for a house purchase, but He didn’t say to buy now. The timing was critical. “God makes everything beautiful in its time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11
When we were young, my mum would call us (myself and two other siblings). We would all answer to the call and go to wherever she was. She would then assign duties accordingly, for one to go to the butchery; the other to tidy the house while someone else watered the plants. God has called all of us and He sends each of us as He wills