As my time as a pharmacy student was drawing to a close, I was worried whether I’ll be able to find an intern position that will allow me to work in Brisbane, as there weren’t any job opportunities back home in Singapore.
In mid-2018, I started applying to countless number of pharmacies, but I didn’t receive offers for any interviews. I was starting to lose hope of finding one at all when many of my peers found theirs. I cried out to God desperately and He answered me with a song during service. Just a single line from the song, “For such a time as this”, brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. I was so full of faith and hope at that point and guess what? The next day I received an email from one of the pharmacy chains asking me to come in for an interview!
The interview went well and I had high hopes of getting a position. I still prayed to God to close the door if it wasn’t meant for me and open it if this was His will. Unfortunately, after more than a month, I didn’t receive any news. All the hope and faith that I had came crashing down and another tiring round of job hunting began.
Every single interview I went to still ended up as a rejection. By then, it was close to the end of my degree and graduation was coming. Even though I knew God would open a door for me, I was impatient for it to come. In that state of desperation, God asked me, “Will you continue to praise me and worship me even if nothing is happening?” Then I recalled the prayer I made and I realised all these different things that started happening weren’t part of God’s plan for me. I surrendered everything that I had to Him and believed that the breakthrough will come.
After I came back from a mission trip at Hobart, I went for an interview that wasn’t an interview at all. The boss just accepted me for the job on the spot and I knew this can only be from God! There was no way this could happen in reality. If anything, it was made possible through God! Plus, my boss and most of the other staff were Christians and my boss was gracious in allowing me to leave work early on Tuesdays and Fridays for church commitments.
I’m still in awe of what God has done in my life and I’m excited to see what He has in store for me during this new season. Our Heavenly Father is indeed a faithful God and in whatever direction He may lead us to, be assured that our path is secured in Jesus’ name!
Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”
Cing Tong Woon
Uni-Generation UQ4, Hope Church St Lucia