The Successful Failure

Someone asked me the other day, “So, how did your job interview go?”

“I didn’t get the job,” I said. “PRAISE THE LORD!”

“You didn’t get the job?” the person said. “Why then are you praising the Lord?”

“I’m praising the Lord because, after having tried my best, I realized it was not the Lord’s will for me to get that job. Otherwise, He would have opened the door up for me. But He didn’t. So if it’s NOT God’s will, then PRAISE THE LORD that I’m NOT doing something He doesn’t want me to do!”

A “failed” job interview is not necessary representative of a failure, but is rather representative of a SUCCESS in helping to prepare me for the NEXT job interview. It all depends on how you look at it.

It was because of this “failed” job interview that I met a woman who had breast cancer, who was discouraged and downcast and who sometimes felt like giving up – she was one of the people in the “path” of that “failed” job interview. Someone said to me, “You know, God might have had you go to that interview JUST TO MEET HER so that you could share with her.” It’s definitely possible. Never underestimate the lengths to which God will go to get you to the place where you can minister effectively to another person. I talked with that woman for about 20 minutes concerning her need to get involved in a local church in her area. She was not involved in a local church. That meant that she was “open bait” for discouragement to come in and take hold of her. I recommended to her an Assemblies of God church, and she said, “There is a church like that just around here!”

I said to her, “You need to go to that church where you can get some support!”

She said, “My husband doesn’t want me to go to any other church but our (traditional, dead, lifeless) church,” which did not provide the support or the faith that she needed. I said, “I don’t know about your husband, and you should try to get along with him, but you also need to get involved in a good Bible-believing church where you can receive the support that you need.” She needed the support of those who were of the “household of faith”. These were those who had faith in a God that could and would help us if we cried out to him in our distress. This woman needed not only emotional support, but vital prayer support, as well. And that is what the local church is all about.

After recommending a church to go to, and jotting down the FCET website address so she could find some articles to read, I left knowing that I had done my “small part” in helping this woman to receive encouragement and come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who knows but that God had orchestrated the ENTIRE job interview, JUST so that I could meet up with that lady who needed encouragement in her life at this time.

This was not the only person I was able to reach out to during the process of that interview. I also met up with others who needed encouragement and appreciation. I said to one of them (a security guard), “Thank you for the work you do in serving others and in making sure people are safe.” He said, “I really appreciate your saying that.” I said to him, “Don’t let anyone tell you your job is insignificant. Your job is vitally important. Thank you for doing a good job!” I felt the authority of Christ was being expressed as I talked with numerous people. God, through me (just one more vessel among His many chosen vessels, including yourself), had imparted a message to other people. And it all happened within the context of that one job interview. Imagine!

Indeed, SO MUCH, in the positive sense, was accomplished as a result of this “failed” job interview that it was IMPOSSIBLE for me to conceive that anything at all had gone wrong. Indeed, NOTHING had gone wrong! I had simply been given an all-expenses-paid trip to sunny California in order to speak blessing and encouragement over numerous people whom I met along the path.

So was the interview a failure? No. It was preparation for an interview that one day WOULD be successful. That’s all.

You see, it’s all a matter of perspective. God is in full control. Even in the face of adversity and trials. Rejoice, Christian. Rejoice! And keep praising Him all the day long!

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29:11)