Are You Kidding?

22 Jan

ManInJobInterviewReaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young engineer who was fresh out of MIT, “What starting salary were you thinking about?”

The engineer said, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement funds up to 50 percent of salary, and a company car leased every two years ~ say, a red Corvette?”

The engineer sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

The interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.” *

Talk about a build-up and a let-down.

Have you ever had a build-up like that, only to face disappointment later?

I (Dawn) read an article about History’s 10 Biggest Disappointments. I don’t agree with most of the findings, but Y2K was definitely a disappointment. (Not that I wanted it to be a major event, but after all that hype, Y2K sort of fizzled, don’t you agree?) People stockpiled guns and water for nothing.

I learned long ago that “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8.) People let us down and disappoint us, because their “only human.” But there is no disappointment in Jesus. This one who never changes (Hebrews 13:5-8) can be counted on for salvation from now to eternity. He may not give us everything we desire, but He knows what is best and He will give us what we need.

We can trust God. Paul wrote, “whosoever believes in Him, shall not be disappointed” (Romans 9:32; 2 Timothy 1:12 Amplified)

One of my favorite songs as a college student included these words of security: “On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.” Everything else in life can give way, but Christ is my rock (Matthew 7:24-27).

And to think that I have heaven, too! We cannot imagine what God has planned for us (1 Corinthians 2:9). When I’ve tried to imagine heaven ~ the beauty, the perfection, the nearness to Jesus ~ I almost want to say, “Are you kidding? Can it all be real?”

Unlike the job interviewer’s disappointing response, my Lord will simply bid me enter my eternal home, and taste of all that is good that He has prepared (John 14:6; Psalm 34:8).



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