A new job

A new job on Sukkot

I have a new job and like to share with you the special way I got this job during the High Holyday at Succoth. For some time there was in me a desire not to work on the Sabbath, Saturday. The day I believe is the Lord’s special day of rest. In my job in maternity care it was not possible to be off work on Shabbat. I prayed fort his situation, but was not actively looking for other job opportunities. In February, my colleague and friend got a job in a hospital in Almere in the Netherlands and they told me that there would be a place for a job in autumn. I decided spontaneously to write an open application. I did not know if the hospital would place me, but I applied to a position as a nurse.

Only months later, on Yom Kippur (this Holy Day stands for reflection, think about your relationship with G-d and your life) the Hospital called and asked if I was interested in the job and if I could come in for a job interview. They called me to come in on a day that was exactly the first day of de Feast of Tabernacles. Later I found out that I had written the application in the spring in the week of Passover. (Passover stands for leaving the old and familiar behind.). To me that is a special clue! The job interview that first day of the Feast of Tabernacles went fine. I was well prepared. The morning before my appointment at the hospital, I had an appointment with the physio-therapist haptonomist and was very busy and excited about this job. The therapist gave me some spontaneous tips about how to relax and I needed that very much. It was like an extra gift from above! Because they really needed someone as soon as possible, they asked me if I wanted to call the next day to tell them whether I wanted this job and at that time I was the only one that had applied. This felt quite pleasant.

It was the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles that I called to say that I wanted to continue with this application and was invited for an interview on the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles. But I asked them to have this appointment a day earlier because for me it was a day of rest, a Shabbat. So this conversation was moved to the day before and I went there with a very peaceful feeling and a sense of trust: “this job from G ‘d I am going to receive!” I had a conversation with 3 possible colleagues and the manager of the department and they asked me questions like: What I would miss in my job that I did for so many years? What did I find? How would I behave in the team? My strengths and weaknesses, etc. Because I’ve thought carefully about my answers it felt all really good. I knew my skills but also my weaknesses. I wanted to grow and it would be good to my personal development.

This work would give me much opportunity to grow. No longer much solo work that I did for many years. I would be confronted with colleagues in my new job. Those who lead the conversation told me to go away, “I thought it was a very good conversation and I’ll call you tomorrow or you’ve become.” With only triumph, I walked out of the hospital and thought, “tomorrow I get a call” and it would be the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles (which stands for something new!). Precisely in that year we did not have a booth in the garden because we were doing construction. But on that morning, my husband and me were invited to my parents to be in their tabernacle to eat and drink something. (The tabernacle symbolizes our dependence on the Lord, but it is a harvest celebration that will give joy about the fruits of the past year.)

It was a great joy that I received a call that I got my new job on that particular day while sitting with my husband in the booth. The Lord takes care of us when we keep trusting Him! I wept with joy about the wonderful guidance of God and knew so sure that this was His plan. And even if it would be difficult, the Lord would guide and help me. In the week following I got a special after I had to work and got a special sign of the Lord. I assisted the delivery of a baby who received the name: Levi. Levi means union or attachment. It was still very special. G’d would make a covenant with me went and showed “I am with you wherever you go …” The whole festival cycle of the Holy Days ended with the celebration of Simchat Torah. Now there was a new beginning.

I have never been so full of joy about the wonderful experience of the Almighty in my life, to Him all the glory! Meanwhile I have been working for several years in the hospital with pleasure. The first month was very difficult for me and there are and have been many challenges. Confrontations with my methods and myself. Many opportunities to grow. Painful situations. But through it all the Lord has been faithful to me. I may daily see how the Lord is with me and experience growth in things that do not go away so easily but may also develop in things I receive pleasure from. I am very happy. I want to close with an excerpt from a psalm, which at that time I read and it comforted me.

Psalm 32:8-11
“I will instruct you (Yvonne) and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule, which have no understanding. Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check? Otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked. But he who trusts in the Lord, loving-kindness shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones.”