February 5, 2004

[whack! whack!]Found out yesterday that I didn’t get the job. Severe bummer. I wouldn’t be so crushed if I didn’t think it was a sure thing. But Kay reminded me: “You’re not any more unemployed today than you were the day before.” True. But I had kind of thought that I was pretty much on my way out of this hole.

Our group gets together at our place on Wednesday nights. Kay kicked me out to the hot tub before they got here, telling me it would help me relax. She was right, of course. And the hot tub is a special place of prayer for me, where I can be most honest with God. So I sat outside, looked up at the stars, and prayed: “Lord, what the fuck?”

But even praying that helped me realize that God didn’t screw up. He’s totally cool, he’s not freaking out. As Kay likes to say, “God is not having an emergency committee meeting about your situation.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

12 responses to Craptastic

  1. Hi Jon..that was a funny entry for a frustrating situation. That smiley was perfect for it as well. I wish I could be like that during my lowest points. Sometimes I totally miss what God’s trying to tell me cause I’m too busy worrying about what should happen to me, and I forget..Darn, He’s got me covered! I like what Kay said to you I’ll keep that in mind. My schedule should clear up once I’ve gotten those 3 (ANNOYING), critical, demanding, hot-tempered, difficult, annoying (did I say that already?) parents’ (not students’) IEPs done. I miss everyone! 😛

  2. Dang. Shoot. Rats. Will keep praying…….

  3. PS: I think Your wife is I think one of the most beautiful, down to earth, matter-of-factly wise women alive! 🙂

  4. Hang in there man. There will come a day when you will look back and laugh at how bad it would have been if you had gotten the Apple job. God seems to work that way…

  5. So. How are you now, Jon? 😛

  6. Big bummer mate – as they say ‘excrement occurs’!

  7. Exrement occurs?? That’s a new one! lol!
    Big bummer, JON! Ugh. The not knowing is so hard!! Keep hitting the hot tub for those soaks with God. Bless you brother.

  8. I like those moments when I think clear enough to say, “Man, I married waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over my head!”
    Bless you in the valley,

  9. I’m sorry to hear that Jon! But listen, Kay is right. None of this took God by surprise. A job will surely come.
    I will continue to pray for you!

  10. Ah, this post was something special. Thanks. I’m currently looking for a new job, too. Hopefully it won’t last too much longer. I anticipate several more weeks, but who knows? If it goes longer than that, then I will pray your prayer. 🙂
    Blog more!!
    Be good

  11. I love you Jon. and I love Kay.
    “These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.”
    aching with you.

  12. As God leads your hearts, be praying for Jeph (Mr. Ragamuffin) too.