As some may already be aware, I've been out of work since November (my old employer having been bought out by a Salt Lake City-based company). This is not a rant against the company, which treated me very fairly, and the severance, combined with my savings and unemployment, has kept me in rent, food, and gas as long as I was careful with my funds.
A little over two months ago, I interviewed for a technical writer contract with a small, start-up company. The interview went very well, but much to my discouragement, the owner of the company chose to sit on the project that I was bidding for. I went on to make other contacts and bid for other jobs, but while I had some good interviews which may yield contracts in the future, none of them came to fruition, increasing my discouragement.
As we came up on Passover, I felt the Spirit telling me that I would get the contract I wanted, but that it would not be until after my debate with Don so that I would have the time to help out with Passover and prepare for and go to the debate.
Yesterday, just ten days after getting back from Memphis, I got the email saying that the job was mine. It'll be a couple of weeks before I start--which will pretty much coincide with the end of my unemployment.
"Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). What Sha'ul doesn't point out here is that not only does ADONAI work everything out for our good, but He does it with just the right timing to a) demonstrate that He really is in control, and b) teach us to trust Him. If I had landed the contract two months ago, not only would it have made it very difficult to see to my ministerial duties during a particularly busy time, but I wouldn't have been able to see God's hand so clearly in my getting it.