Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jeremiah 25:8-17, Psalms 120, 121, 122 & 123, Romans 10:1-13, John 9:18-41

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth….
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121:2;8.)

My first federal job, as a budget analyst intern, meant I was given a three year assignment with the opportunity to receive developmental training and promotions, as long as I progressed at an acceptable rate and completed my assignments on time and accurately.

I worked for two years at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, and found myself at a cross road. I had to decide which of the available permanent positions within the United States I wanted to pursue and provide a prioritized list to the Centralized Intern Manager within 10 days. The budget analyst positions were quite varied in duties, and I had to call each site individually because no additional information was provided and the decision would greatly affect my future work for the Army. To complicate my decision, I needed to coordinate my selection with a location near the few available pharmacy schools so my future wife could continue her education. If I couldn’t accomplish this while working for the Army, I would need to leave the intern program and find another job. I determined there were only two possible sites that met these criteria, and I needed assurance that I would be selected before I committed to them. I prayed to God for guidance with this very important decision, and He came to my help. He provided me a successful interview with the selecting official at Fort Monmouth, which is located about 25 miles from Rutgers University Pharmacy School. This was truly one of many moments when I could directly see that God watches over our lives and comes to our help!

--REP

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