Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Answered Prayers


As you may remember, I prayed for this job.  I worked in this office for two years as a contractor and fell in love with the people, the organization and the work.  So when I heard that a position was going to open up, I called the manager and asked (begged) for the role.  Then I shut the door to my office, got down on my old, crinkly knees and prayed.  Hard.

It took awhile but God answered my prayer...and this time he said yes.  So, in spite of the fact that the role I have can be frustrating and doesn't use my talent and experience to it's fullest potential, I'm here.  I'm also making decent money with decent benefits in a company for which most people would be proud to work.

But my ego has been threatening to get in my way.  My corporate title took a major hit when I took this job.  A lot of the time, I'm doing work that is somewhat mindless and because the boss lady is a control freak, it takes her a long time to hand over projects so I get things piecemeal.  But I knew all that when I accepted the position so most days I tell my ego to shut the fuck up and I go to work.

And I pray.

I pray that God, in his own time, will show me where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing.  I pray that He helps me to keep that stupid ego in place and teach me when I need to shut my big fat mouth and when it would be a good time to open it.  I pray for patience and perseverance while I build this next chapter in my career that will likely be my last in corporate America (of course...you never know).  I pray for grace.

And once again, He has answered.  The boss lady came back from a trip to headquarters yesterday with news that she's placed me in line for some new responsibilities that will use my experience to it's fullest and provide a promotion and a raise.  It's not a done deal yet but it's very, very close.

So now I'm saying thank-you to the Big Guy for answering my prayers...all of them...even when the answer is not yes.

I'm also praying for humility and, most importantly, that next time I'm frustrated or questioning His judgement - I will remember to have FAITH.


Namaste

I asked for wisdom...
And God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity...
And God gave me brains and the strength to work.
I asked for courage...
And God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for love...
And God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors...
And God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.
My Prayer has been answered.

~Anonymous, (of Islamic origin)

8 comments:

  1. That is awesome! I'm happy for you :)

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  2. I love the prayer at the end. I'm beginning to get paranoid about praying because I know He answers in exactly that way. "Please give me this, but don't make me have to do that."

    I'll say some beads for the new job.

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    1. Thanks my friend. Working on my own beads too (both my rosary from Rome and my Tibetan prayer beads)...can't be too careful.

      I love your comment about "Please give me but don't make me." I usually say something like, "Please open my heart but not in the literal 911 way okay?"

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  3. I've never had a corporate title to take a hit to..you are a big shot in spirit my friend! No matter your title or your job...just because you are you! Humility is always good. : )

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  4. Awesome! This was a good reminder about ego and patience and trust and faith. Congrats!

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  5. Congrats - that's wonderful! I love hearing stories like that - prayers which have been answered, but in ways that we cannot begin to conceive happening. It's like when I ask for more patience and God puts me in the back of a traffic jam. I think it's also about being open to whatever comes our way, and not closing the door on anything. I have done that many times, and not been awake to what God has presented me.

    I too love that prayer at the end there.

    Great news, great post. Thanks :)

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  6. Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations. Wonderful. Sometimes just working hard and proving to be reliable and dependable, going in and doing what is asked day after day is what is required.... as my husband always says 'it's a long game' (he means life) so we can't expect the perfect things straight away. You're so clever and smart! Fantastic xxxx

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  7. The gifts that we receive from God are many and diversified and life teaches us to be patient as we move thru the "long game" good things come to those who wait...I used to think that it only applied to folks who worked in restaurants!!!

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