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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

TITLE: The Perfect Job That Wasn't
By Donna Emery
08/19/07


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Iíve worked here for three weeks, now
And everyoneís been nice
But I've found I can't do this
And that makes me think twice.

When someone tries to teach me
Itís like theyíre speaking Greek
Iíve tried so hard to learn this
It gets worse, every week.

I prayed and asked for guidance
To choose which job to take
So I was sure that Iíd succeed
But now I canít mistake

The knowledge that this isnít
The right place for my skill
No matter that I was so sure
That this job is Godís Will.

I thought this was Godís purpose
But now I am confused
I started with such high hopes
I came here so enthused.

I know I prayed. I know I asked
The Lord to guide my choice
And I was careful to attune
My heart to hear His Voice.

Iíve been a nurse for twenty years
And learned each job with ease
But now Iím faced with failure
The questions my head tease:

How could I be mistaken?
How could I be so wrong?
Why did it seem like all the clues
To this place were so strong?

Who is this me who makes mistakes?
Why is it I canít learn?
I donít know how to see myself
I donít know where to turn.

And how will I know surely
Which job is next to take?
How can I know for sure if
I could make a mistake?

I have to trust the Spirit
Who lives within my heart
I have to trust Godís guidance
And know Heíll do His part.

For though this jobís not right for me
It is not a mistake
For God can teach me lessons
And Iím here for His sake.

Iíll follow Him again, today
As I seek my next place
I know Heíll lead me once again
And comfort me with grace.

So though today I am confused
I choose to give Him praise
For Heís the One Who has a plan
For all my lifetimeís days.

I must trust though I canít see
The reason I came here
I must put my faith in Him
And not succumb to fear.

For all my life Heís blessed me so
And one day I will see
That this was part of His great plan
To where Heís leading me.


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Janice Cartwright08/23/07
Oh how I can relate to the message of your poem! God kept putting me in charge of money when I felt my greatest weakness was anything to do with math, accounting, adding... subtracting...! I think He finally got through to me that he had His own purpose for doing so and I just had to trust Him. Scary though!
Dianne Janak08/24/07
I loved this because it is confusing when we pray, we wait, we seek, and truly believe it is His will. Then everything seems to go south. Were we wrong? Did we not hear? One of the hardest parts of this walk, is finding these answers. Thanks for bringing it out. Confusion indeed!
Jacquelyn Horne08/28/07
Wonderful poem on following God's plan in our lives.
Deborah Engle 08/29/07
I could have written the same thing, however not in poetry form! Every thought expressed I've felt myself, and confused is a very apt description. But just like you said, God isn't confused at all, and He has a purpose for it all! Good job!