Today I had a job interview. I prayed this morning in bed asking God to please give me a sign, if I am offered this position, if I should take it. I then lay quietly hoping to hear His voice or feel a nudging. After a few moments of silence, I got up, researched the company’s website, and got ready for the interview.
The interview was set for 11 am. When I opened the door of the building, I could hear laughter. I then was greeted by smiles from the volunteers at the front desk. I told them I had an appointment with Jan at 11. They asked me to wait for a moment while they contacted her. I could see other volunteers of all ages from teenagers to senior citizens busily stocking the shelves. People were coming and going with large boxes of food. The buzz in the room was so positive and friendly.
Jan greeted me warmly and showed me around the food bank. I had been there last year at their open house after the Chandler Chamber Leadership Class renovated it with the help of McCarthy Construction Company. There were even more upgrades that happened this year that Jan showed me with enthusiasm.
After the tour, Jan guided me to her office. We sat down and discussed the position. It had all the components of things I love to do: working for a cause that helps people, connecting with others at networking events, planning a spring fundraising gala, and serving on community committees like For Our City Chandler. I especially was excited that the hours would be flexible and that their food bank was originally started in a church. Jan shared with me that they see many God moments while helping people there. Sometimes it gives her goosebumps! I smiled and told Jan that I call those moments, “Anchor Moments.” I then told her about my website and blog of that name.
Jan perked up. Jan loves anchors. Her sorority in college had an anchor as their symbol. She loves the ocean and even decorates her home every January in anchors! My heart smiled. That was the sign I was looking for and I could feel God hugging my heart, letting me know that this is where I am supposed to be at this moment in time. Jan thinks so too and offered me the job. I was honest with her that I have been looking for a position which would be a part of the state retirement system since I am already vested after having taught in Arizona for eleven years. Jan told me I could keep looking for a state job while working at the food bank, as long as I was transparent. Even if I was only there for a few months, she would be glad to have me there. God will let me know when it is time to go to my next chapter.
How can anyone say no to that? Jennifer the business manager and Jan the CEO are two of the kindest people. Both of them find working at Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank to be a blessing and a happy place. I am feeling so blessed to be invited to join them in their work to make hope happen. At the end of the interview, Jan gave me a bracelet that says, “Hope Happens.” We hugged and set my first work day to be next Thursday. I can hardly wait! This is the job I was hoping for!