For a long time I have heard the expression, "You can't out give God." Meaning that God is never indebted to any person it is easy for him to just blow blessings over you, any time. Not to dig up the whole contrast of suffering, at least right now. Trust me I have been on that end of the spectrum too and discovered gifts wrapped in pain. But tonight this is about joy and miraculous events that can not be attributed to anything else; it's a blessing from God!
I may have mentioned that I have been job hunting. You would think with nursing like it is that jobs would be overflowing, they are if you want to work lousy hours and kill yourself. I had actually interviewed in several places. Before I left for Colombia I had discussed with a manager a night position in oncology. It was a 12 hour shift position that required 3 shifts a week. There were some pluses to that position. I know those doctors well. I established a good repore with the manager who is a Christian and had a like philosophy towards health care as a healing ministry. I really thought that was it.
The question in my mind was, how and I mean literally HOW would I be able to work 12 hour night shift work? It was bothering me, because in my mind I couldn't imagine that going very well. Which brings me to the miracle part of my story. I had an appointment today at 1pm for a pre employment physical too accept the night shift position. At 11:30 I received a call from another hospital that I had interviewed at. A cheery voice that I recognized asked me if I was still available. I replied that I was pretty close to a job and my physical was scheduled today.
She said, "Well, I'd like to offer you a clinical liaison position that I think you'd be really good at.
She might as well have said, "You won the lottery!" Because I basically lost it. My very professional appropriate response was hopelessly lost at the moment because out of my mouth flew phrases like this. Oh my God are you serious? Your not joking,REALLY? Wow, and then back to Oh my God, again. I shouldn't tell but you know that part of my blogging is to tell the truth, just give it to you straight, no sugar coating nuttin.
I went. The person who had taken my resume out and placed it on the MAN'S desk, and had told him to consider me for this type of work. Now I had to interview again, not only that but figure out what the job is, and in an hour before my physical appointment. Decisions were going to be made fast today. So he explained, I listened, asked good questions, did not, HEAR this, interrupt! Praise Jesus let the Hallelujah chorus begin. What he said was making sense and it sounded like something I really would like to do.
Then we hit a snag, he wanted to wait to give me an offer.
I told him I couldn't do that. So I asked him,"What do you need to hear from me to be comfortable to close this deal? He didn't answer. He got the clinical director to come and give his spiel. They decided to offer me the job, then, as in now. I went downstairs and apologized for missing my physical appointment and relayed the job offer. They wanted to try and keep me, but didn't pad up my salary so it wasn't too hard of a call. Something new and exciting in an advanced practice roll with a great starting salary versus graveyard shifts that are 12 hours long. Sorry no contest.
It gets better. They need another person to be on this team and I know somebody whose looking. She would be fabulous at this. I love working with her. So I told them her name and what she used to do and said she was looking. He's got 3 applicants for Friday, so she needs to jump on it now. We will see.
So if I wasn't so decrepit from the fanny slapping, I might have tried to flip a cartwheel. Because people this is some exciting news! On a slightly quieter note it is a little scary, but I think I can do it and do it well. I hear that chorus again.
To celebrate I thought I'd show you the lunch we ate in a 5 star hotel in Cartegena. It was simply superb, Divine and delish. Just the memory brings up a festive occasion.
My friend summed it up like this," Are you telling me, that you got a job as a clinical liaison in one day and you didn't even apply for the position?" Exactly. That's God.
Beautiful isn't it? We just suffered sitting there enjoying delicious Colombian coffee, looking at those balconies full of bougainvillea, and of course our sweet interpreter Who is very easy on the eyes; and was wonderful gentlemanly entertainment. He had the courage of a lion to take three women shopping for the day, without his wife! All in the name of ministry. Which truthfully it was since we couldn't go without him. We had a lot of fun. Little did I know what was in store for me next, a very big