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It was like falling from the sky. I had not even left the parking lot of my day job yet that Monday when I checked my phone and saw the voice mail. The lady on the other line said that there is going to be this training from the U.S. Department of State where they are going to need Indonesian interpreters. The lady asked if I would be available from a certain period of time at this location and she also stated the agency where she is from. She wanted me to give her a call back and inform her whether or not I would be available. Which I would. I’m writing this from my hotel room away from home in Lexington, KY. I still have 3 more weeks to go.
Instead of giving her a call back immediately, first thing I did was looking up her agency since there is always a possibility of this opportunity being a scam. I figured I have never sent out my résumé to them but then I found out that they aren’t a scam either. From people’s review about this agency that I read on multiple sites, they seem to be pretty legit. When I’m sure, then I called her back.
“I’m glad you are available,” said the recruiter, the same lady who left me a voice mail. She continued, “I’m going to put the contract together for you and by Thursday we should have your flight, hotel, and rental car booked for your stay. Seems like you’ll be leaving next Friday.” I didn’t know what to think. One, because it all happened so fast, and second, because what I made one week in my day job would be what I’d be making one day in this job.
As I said, I have never sent out my résumé to them. The opportunity was like falling from the sky.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. – Deuteronomy 8
When I first got my contracts to teach the Indonesian language to the U.S. military personnel in Montana and California, I thought my career would just take off from there. It was all good, it served me and my husband well. We both got a chance to see different parts of America through the job that I had. I started to get comfortable.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God..” – Deuteronomy 8
Well, it all stopped just in time, just in time to keep me humble and to remind me to be humble. The way I see it now, probably if I kept getting those contracts regularly, there was a possibility for me to get a little arrogant. I stopped getting those contracts after San Diego. Once in January there was this similar opportunity coming up but for some reason, the door was closed. But now your girl Kitty knows better! I have learned not to complain and do my part instead. I’m not one to sit around and do nothing at home. I love being productive. If I couldn’t get the work with the pay that I want, I don’t mind starting somewhere else. So there I was, applying for an entry-level administrative job. That’s a good thing about immigrants: we understand a thing or two about starting over and swallowing pride. I got the job and excitedly went to work the next Monday. It was in February last month.
Friends, if God were a person, He would be a really good person. Seriously. God has planned it so well that my waiting period was a breeze. My two bosses in my day job were really nice and supportive and my coworkers, they are a blessing. We all would sit together at lunch, sometimes even shared our lunch and just talked to each other. As a matter of fact, I miss them. They are great people, best coworkers ever. I think there is a power in not complaining 🙂
My day job was entering its 3rd week when I received the call. I did not resign right away. I waited until everything was fixed. By Thursday I had my plane tickets, rental car and hotel room booked so I went to talk to my boss when my coworkers were out on the coffee break. I told him next week Thursday would be my last day at work, I’d be leaving Friday. Paul, being a great boss that he is, said, “It sucks you’re leaving us. But see, I have your résumé with me. With your background, sometimes I think to myself – why is she here? If anything, I’d say this to you: I admire how you treat your work with integrity, the smaller-pay ones or the bigger-pay ones. This is an entry-level job but never once you came in late and I notice every time you come in in the morning, you always look all put-together. Always prepared. You gave us quality. Good luck with your new gig. Sucks you’re leaving but I see you’ll go places.”
Thursday, the last day of my job, came really fast. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be with during this waiting season. I hugged all of my coworkers good bye.
16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. – Deuteronomy 8
It is ok if life is not always awesome because that’s the time we need a lesson about humility. And when it actually is, we don’t take it for granted.
Once again, I have never seen God failed me. He never has, He never will. Watch.