"Open wide and say ahhhhh."
"Hmmm, your throat is red and inflamed. It could be strep. We'll run a test and confirm that."
The nurse arrives, takes a sample and disappears from the room. Waiting, waiting and more waiting. The year old magazine loses appeal rapidly.
Suzanne looks at her watch. Her hopes for her job drop with each passing minute. The company policy was clear; no missed days in the ninety-day probation period. She wouldn't be considered for full-time hire and could be fired immediately.
"Lord," she thought, "you've brought me this far. Even though I'm scared and don't see an answer, I trust that you're going to provide. You know how much the job means to Jimmy and me. Please make a way."
Two weeks later Suzanne is back at the clinic for her follow-up visit. The office is filled to overflowing. Her hopes to be in and out dim. She resigns herself to an extended stay. Her job search would just have to wait.
An hour later, the nurse leads her to the exam room, apologizing for the delay. The exam is quick. "No signs of strep, now. Did you have any problems with the meds?"
Suzanne ruefully chuckles, "Not with the meds. Being contagious and having to stay home for a few days cost me my job, though. Where do I go to set up a payment schedule for the office visits?"
"I'm sorry, Suzanne. That's awful. Geri in the office can help you with the payment plan. What kind of work were you doing? Follow me."
"General office work, phones and filing. It wasn't much but it was a job. I'd hoped to be hired on full-time but... "
"Well, you're certainly calm about it. I'd be frantic. Ah, here we are. Geri, this is Suzanne. Please help her figure out a payment plan."
"Come on in, grab a chair and I'll be right with you," Geri's smiling face cheered Suzanne. "So, how can I help you?"
"I lost my job when I had to take time off because I was sick. I'm looking for another job but you know how it is out there right now. I'm just thankful that the rent is paid through the end of the month. I can't promise I'll pay the bill off right away but it will get paid. What kind of plan can we work out?"
Geri patted Suzanne's hand, "You know, I'll have to look into that for you. Do you have a phone number I can reach you at?"
The number was provided and Suzanne hurried to the first address on the help wanted ads. The rest of the day, she knocked on doors and filled out applications. Nothing seemed promising at all.
After picking Jimmy up at school, Suzanne returns home exhausted. The message light on her phone blinks insistently. "Lord, I'm sure it's just another bill collector. Please, please open the doors to another job."
"Hi, Suzanne. This is Geri from Hill Medical Clinic. Would you please give me a call at 770-2255."
Dialing out, she prayed that the clinic would be patient and reasonable on the payment schedule.
"Hill Medical Clinic, Geri speaking."
"Hi Geri, it's Suzanne Talley returning your call."
"Oh, good. I was talking to the nurse after you left. She said you'd been doing office work before you got sick. Do you have a resume?"
"You may be the answer to our prayers. Our office was chaotic yesterday because two of the girls called in sick. Then just before leaving for the day, our receptionist announced her engagement and her resignation. Long story, short, we need a new receptionist to train before she leaves. Are you interested in interviewing for the job?"
Suzanne's mind spun with the possibilities, "YES! I'll bring the resume in first thing tomorrow. Thank you so much!"
"Father God, I thank You for opening this door to a possible job. Thank You that I know I can rest on Your promises." Suzanne's body relaxed as she prayed. Phew....
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