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Topic: CALL (01/14/16)
TITLE: Beacons of Friendship
By Francie Snell
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It was exhausting constantly being "on-call" for whatever temporary job opportunity that became available. Working at one for a few days, then onto the next, I was on a perpetual learning curve, never quite getting the hang of any position before its short term ended.
It was after completing one of those assignments, when I received an important call, like a surprise award straight out of Heaven.
"Would you be interested in a full-time job at the hospital working with me? I need an assistant," my dear friend Marilyn said over the phone. I hadn't seen her for a while. She was a homemaker who hadn't worked outside the home for many years, and now, she informed me, her husband had recently left her.
Ironically, amongst the turmoil, meek little Marilyn had managed to land a commanding position as Temporary Medical Staff Coordinator at the local county hospital, with approval to hire an assistant. I was hired, and together we scrambled through paperwork and processes in an office which had been vacant for almost a year, trying to play catch--up in a workflow we knew absolutely nothing about.
Nevertheless, we laughed and learned, and over the course of a year, had the two-person operation running efficiently.
The job was like my therapy. I had grown comfortably accustomed to its routine. However, now, the place was closing. Where to next, Lord?
Just before coffee break one morning, I got a call… RING. I glanced over my shoulder at Marilyn, intently focused on her computer screen. "I'll get it," I said and picked up the phone. "Hello, Medical Staff Office."
"Hello," a woman's voice greeted. "This is Susan Wright in the Medical Staff Office at Winston Hospital. I understand your hospital is closing soon and wondered if anyone in your office would be interested in a part-time position here."
"Yes, part-time, as a Medical Staff Assistant."
"Medical Staff Assistant?...Hey, that's what I do...hmmm ...let me ask."
Holding the phone away from my mouth, I turned and called across the room. "Hey Marilyn, this is a gal from the Medical Staff Office in Winston. They're looking for someone to work there as an Assistant part-time. Would you be interested?"
Marilyn glanced at me and wrinkled her eyes. "I don't think so... part-time?"
"Part time, right?" I confirmed into the phone.
"Yes, part-time for now, but it could possibly work into a full time position."
"Part-time," I relayed to Marilyn. "But it might go full-time. "
"Hmmm, that's a long drive," she said slowly shaking her head. "I don't think so."
I dutifully informed Susan of Marilyn's decision.
Susan asked, "Well, do you think it might be something YOU would be interested in?"
"Hmmm." I paused as the wheels slowly started turning. "Can you hold on just a moment?"
I covered the phone with my hand and looked again at Marilyn. "She wants to know if I might be interested in the job."
Marilyn cocked her head and smiled. "Well, you could just apply and see what happens."
I nodded slowly; glad I could always rely on her for sound advice.
Back on the phone, I informed the woman that I might be interested. She sounded excited by the news and instructed me to request an application from the Human Resource Department, to where she then transferred me.
I made the request and ended the call.
About five minutes passed before the phone rang again. It was Susan. "I just wanted to make sure you were transferred okay and was able to request an application."
"Yes. Thank you"
"And you gave them your name and address to send it to?"
"Yes. They'll send it today."
"Good. When we receive it back from you, I'll call you to set-up an interview, okay?"
"Sounds great! I'll talk to you then." I ended the call.
Within a week, I drove to my interview and was hired that day.
I thank God for those wonderful women He placed in my life. They were brilliant beacons of friendship when I needed it most.
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