How are you today? I’m very well.
Do you usually save your favorite food till last when you are served on the table?
I would like to share some of my stories.
After I left my first employer, I went to MBA school in Seoul as a full-time student. Before my last semester began in the school, I actively started to find a new employer. I sent my resume to some headhunters, and I had a few opportunities to have interviews with potential employers. But, until my last semester was finished, no one hired me. I was discouraged when I got some feedback from some headhunters that the interviewers had an impression on me that I wouldn’t be assertive or aggressive enough to work with their employees in somewhat challenging environments. I felt discouraged, and I also wondered how come it would be so difficult with more than seven years of the career in my first employment and other educational backgrounds.
Finally, even after my graduation at the MBA school, I remained unemployed. But I still had the faith that God would provide me with the right one in His time. Then, one day, I was reached by a headhunter who introduced a position in a multinational tobacco company to me. In my faith, I didn’t want to work for a company that makes money by potentially harming its customers. So, I told the headhunter that I would not apply for the job. And I kept on waiting. Then, another headhunter reached me for the same position in that multinational tobacco company. Though I had no income, nor knew the time of my employment, I thought I must keep on waiting for the Lord’s provision. Then, one day, a colleague who used to work with me in my previous company called me to ask whether I would be interested in a position in a multinational pharmaceutical company. He introduced a headhunter to me, and I could go to the interview. I was waiting for an interviewer in the meeting room of the company. But the interviewer didn’t appear, and I think I was waiting for about thirty minutes.
Finally, a man opened up the door, and came in, saying, “Did I keep you waiting so long?” I looked at him, and I stood amazed. The interviewer was one of my colleagues who worked with me in my previous employment. We worked in different locations, but I once worked for a project he led in our previous company. And he already knew I would come as an interviewee, as he had reviewed my resume. I had no clue about the interviewer until we met face to face. We shared how we had been, and the interview was like a catch-up with an old friend. He thankfully said to me, “Yunee, I hire you, not because I worked with you, but because I know how you worked in our previous employment.” I still think he was kind enough to say that, to encourage me. And he struck through my starting salary on the paper that I asked the headhunter, and he increased it by twenty five percent. Looking back at the potential employers who didn’t hire me, I found my final employer turned out to be the best: It was closer to home, it proposed higher salary than I asked, my new boss, the hiring manager, was a good Catholic, the employer worked for the sick. It was for healing customers, not for harming customers.
Then, after five years working in the Seoul organization of my second employer, I moved to Shanghai for a new role. In three years in Shanghai, I moved to Singapore. Every time in the relocation, home-finding was very taxing. It would be challenging in my own country, more so in foreign lands. But I was grateful to the Lord for preparing good places for me, no matter where I moved. Before moving to Singapore, I had a home-finding trip that the employer paid for. I liked an apartment near the East Coast that had the coast view. Since my package including the housing support and salary was not finalized at that time, I could not put any deposit to make a contract with the landlord of the apartment. Later, I got to hear a disappointing report from my agent in Singapore that the apartment I liked was taken, while waiting to finalize my salary with the employer. I had to start over home-searching, as I didn’t like the other apartments I saw the last time, except for the one taken away.
After I moved to Singapore, I had the second round of home-finding. After visiting the listed places, I was so disappointed and tired, as I was not able to find ‘This-is-it!’ place yet. My kind agent said, while giving me a drive to somewhere, “Yunee, now we’re visiting the last one in the list.” And when I got to the last place in the list, I was amazed to see what He had in store for me. It had an astounding view of the green woods, the river and the ocean without any neighboring apartments in front. In addition to the nice nature view, it also had a view of Singapore landmark. I felt it’s an unexpected gift from the Lord. Not only that, later I found out that my employer was supposed to move to a new location. And it would have taken much longer from the previous apartment that was taken away by someone to the new location of my employer. But from the apartment I finally made a rent contract for, it took shorter to come to the office in a new location and it had more options in public transportation. My Father knows the best and He prepared the best place for me till last.
In two years after I lived in that beautiful place, I felt I should move to a new place in order to save my rent and to use savings for His Kingdom. I got to be more familiar with Singapore by that time so that I thought I would move to an apartment, targeting thirty percent of savings in rent. I even thought of commuting longer, if I could save that much. So, I worked with the agent who worked with me in my first home-finding trip two years back. With him, I had a home-searching again, but could not still find that “This-is-it!” place. In my heart, I didn’t really want to move from my first place in Singapore, which had such a beautiful view from every room. And I had such a wonderful memory of His Presence. So, one afternoon on the way home, looking at the Geylang River near my place, I dropped tears because I would leave this town with the beautiful memory anytime soon.
I had another home-finding trip, taking my annual leave. My agent and I visited many places in his list, but I didn’t like any of them. I was so tired, and said to the Lord, “Lord, I just want a place with the view of green trees!” Then, my agent brought me to the last place in his list, saying, “Yunee, this is the last one!” When we entered the place, I stood amazed to see every window of the rooms filled with green trees! And the rent was exactly thirty percent lower, as I targeted. And the location was just near my place where I cherished the memory with the Lord. Just one stop away and walking distance! Still next to the river where I thought of Him. Transportation and eatery-wise, much better! I was overwhelmed by His goodness and by His love. Again, He had the best place in store for me till last.
Are you weary, waiting for His answer? No matter whether it’s a job, a place to live in, financial breakthrough, a future spouse, a new baby or whatsoever, I would like to encourage you to trust Him. He knows the best. Sometimes He keeps it till last. The best thing in your life is yet to come! Please keep up the faith and hope in Him!
Have a bliss!
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.