God’s Minute

At the end of 2016, I graduated from college, hopeful and 99.99% sure (0.01% unsure because I had some Netflix to catch up on) I was going to get a job in less than two months. I finished my 2 weeks of much needed Netflix binging and bumming around and hit the job search train. I woke up thinking about cover letters and went to sleep dreaming about resume edits. Spent hours explaining to my mum why I was still at home even though I didn’t know why myself. Looking for a job became a full-time job.
Finally February came to an end and my two months were up. I told myself “Remi you gave yourself 2 weeks off add that to March you still have time girrl”.
March 30th came and anxiety started knocking. I went on the craziest mood roller coaster ever. I would cry, pray and laugh all in the same breath.

Before I graduated, my dream job was a Research Assistant position at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). I applied before and after I graduated. I had 2 interviews with two different departments, flunked the first and  didn’t get a call back after the second. I started to doubt that dream was going to be my reality.

My job search deadline finally came in May and I had to pack up and head back to Nigeria. Four days before my flight back I emailed a friend to have a going away lunch. She texted me later to tell me about an RA position at the IMF someone told her he’d been looking to fill for 3 months. I told her I would definitely like to apply but had she not seen my email? She had not checked her email and had no idea I was leaving. I applied and had my interview set for Wednesday, but I already had my plane ticket scheduled for Monday. The interview was scheduled based on the availability of 3 panelists. I had no idea if rescheduling would be possible but I still asked. Five minutes after I called to ask, I got a call back and the interview was moved to Monday at 10am. I spent the weekend getting ready and packing up my boxes with a cloud of anxiety and excitement hanging over my head.

Monday morning I was sitting in a conference room, interviews going well and all I’m thinking is “do I tell them I’m leaving today and if I don’t is bad service in Naij going to cost me this job”.
I decided to tell them, immediately the side glances and “Ohhs” started. The interview ended and I was on a plane back home. I sat in my bed that night and said to God “ I am at my very last drop of faith, I don’t know what you’re trying to do but my last act of faith will be to not unpack and live from my suitcases until I hear back from that panel”. For a month my mum would yell about my boxes cluttering her house even though they were in MY room.

One night I went to bed just feeling very defeated. I had spent the whole day nagging about how nothing just seemed to work the right way in Lagos. For some reason, as exhausted as I was I just couldn’t sleep. So I did the obligatory Instagram/ Snapchat browsing before bed, got bored and decided to check my email. Sitting there was my conditional offer for the RA position and I was a plane back at the end of August.

Its been 3 months since I started working, but looking back at 2017 it’s really just hit me how good and intentional Gods been towards me. I learned that what I call last minute is God’s minute. I am so thankful for the support system I found in family, friends and my church. Your faith is your greatest gift it’ll get you through any and everything, so hold on to it.

Happy New Year!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Iris says:

    Reblogged this on theBelieversNotes and commented:
    Happy Happy New Year!! Like me, I believe you have expectations for the year and trusting God to see you through the execution of all the plans noted down for the year!
    I just read the post below by Wild Wai and thought I must share with you all as a source of encouragement that God’s timing is truly the best. The Message version of Proverbs 19:21 says that “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails”. Know that if things do not go as planned for 2018, God is still faithful to His own and there is a reason for the season you might find yourself in.
    Thank you Wild Wai for the encouragement through your testimony.

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    1. Wai says:

      Hi! It’s not my testimony. I share other people’s testimonies on my blog!!

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      1. Iris says:

        Hi! Thanks for pointing this out 😅

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