God answers prayers in surprising ways

I’m in a sort of an in between place.

I have a new job. It’s a first full time job with benefits. My first! Well since leaving the monastery that is.

Last Saturday they called me in to work at The Villas. Because of the huge amount of snow we had, people were not able to get to work and there was a lot of staff who were sick. They needed someone for the early morning shift.

Anyway they called to see if I could come to work and I said yes. Since I am only a mile from work I thought I could make it. That was Friday morning. Friday afternoon when it kept snowing and snowing I called and said unless someone can come pick me up, I can’t get out of my driveway. Vicky the director said she would pick me up! So at seven o’clock in the morning she arrives in her big SUV with her husband driving. The roads were a mess. My street never did see a plow but the main street, if it had seen one, was also ancient history. Traffic had packed the snow down in nice ruts which were actually safer than the places where it was packed down in flat beds of shiny, marbled and treacherous ice. But their big, heavy SUV had no problem. Zipped through just fine.

So I went to work and they promised to pick me up at 2:15 when my shift was over and take me home.

Pretty good service, huh? On the way back we were talking about the Villas and Vicky said that they missed me and that was nice. I told her I had been thinking of coming back if I could get enough hours and as long as I wouldn’t be taking hours from other people. She said, “Well, the lady who has been doing the graveyard shift (receptionist/cleaning) is leaving and her job is open if you want it.  She said it is full time, with benefits.

It’s one of those jobs where not everyone clamors to take it because it starts at midnight some nights and one o’clock in the morning on others and goes to eight in the morning. A few part timers like myself had already tried it and decided, “No thanks.” But I was at that happy, financial state of affairs where any kind of job that was full time with benefits sounded like a good thing! So I said, I would like to try it for a month and see if my body can handle it. At 57 one doesn’t always know just what the body is going to agree with.

Last night or morning rather was my first training day. It went quite well. I was surprised. And this was after working 4 hours at the Church, 2 hours of evening shift at the Villas (they were still short of people) and only getting a few hours of sleep before work. I will admit to being a bit weary-eyed towards the end but there is a one hour break we have to take at 6:00 and I took a nap (sort of) and felt much refreshed. So I am thinking I can do this. Hoping. It will take a bit for my time-sleep-clock to get switched around.

I was also scheduled to go to work at 10:00 at the Church again – so it was rather a marathon work experience. Got home at a bit after eight and was back on the road to another job at nine thirty. Made it through that job (pushing it) and then came home. Still too awake to go to sleep but finally at about 4:00 I went to bed. My plan was to sleep until 11:00 pm so I would be rested for another full shift – but the body refused to stay in bed after 8:00. So now I am up, drinking a cup of cocoa and sharing my tale of adventure.

The good thing is that tomorrow I have a complete day off!

So anyway this explains my “in-between” state. I haven’t gotten into the new routine yet so have yet to see how it will all work.

But here is the “God thing!”

A few days before this happened, perhaps even the day before, I wrote on a piece of paper a prayer intention for God to find me a job that I would really like, was creative, paid well and with benefits! One might as well ask big if one is going to ask, right?

So when the opportunity for this job came up, I had to wonder. Was this the job that I was going to really like, would be creative and paid well with benefits? It seemed a bit of a stretch! I mean basically aside from having to respond to emergencies for the residents the job is pretty much just janitorial. Lots of vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms! The position is labeled “receptionist” but I never once sat at the desk so that’s a bit of a stretch. And as for the pay – well – it is certainly better than part-time but I don’t think it’s much over minimum wage. So I’m scratching my head a bit and wondering.

BUT – then I got to thinking . . . if I was going to have all this time to be cleaning there would be lots of “thinking time” and that thinking time could be about writing a children’s novel. Like the one I had started months before but did not make much headway on. And because the job is at night, I can still keep my Church job and hopefully my freelance writing job. Putting the three together does make for a good salary!

So it’s too soon to know for sure – but this could definitely be a God answered prayer! Will, let you know how it goes.



22 thoughts on “God answers prayers in surprising ways”

  1. Dear Patricia
    How i admire your faith that things will happen if you pray
    I am in awe of people like yourself I find the whole sitting and praying a bit tedious I never feel like i know how to pray
    wishing you good energy with your new job
    God bless Maria

    1. Hi Maria,

      Oh my – after 28 years in the monastery I can’t stand sitting and praying much either. Unless I’m at church and there are other people to watch if I start squirming too much. 🙂 I’ve cut way back on the church bit too – just Sunday usually.

      Mostly I pray my rosaries (another hit and miss I don’t have a set routine) when I walk or drive or something.

  2. Hi Patricia, Good for you finding a full time job. I think you are wise telling them you would give it a try for 1 month before you commit. Graveyard shift is very hard on our bodies. I hope all will work out and it will not be too hard on your body to adjust being up all night. At least if you try it you will know. If you do not try it you will never know and have in the back of your mind, gee I should have tired working those hours. The biggest adjustment will be lack of sleep, usually people who work the midnight shift get sleep deprived. My daughter worked a police dispatcher for 10 years and she worked midnights and it took a toll on her health. Tune in to what your body is telling you. Congratulations on the job, you are a busy person with so many jobs. You have so much drive, it is amazing.
    We have quite a bit of snow in our area, over a foot of snow fall so far since last night and more coming.
    Be well and stay warm and enjoy your day Patricia. Congratulations again.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Yes – will watch out for the sleep deprivation. Truthfully I haven’t been sleeping nights well anyway – so maybe this turn around will work out.

      Luckily I live alone so I can make up my own schedule. And I have never minded sleeping during the day after my military time. There one learns to sleep anywhere, anytime – no problem.

      So I will just see. The girl who had the job before me had it for five years and she loved the hours. She is moving or I wouldn’t be getting her job! Anyway she said it was nice to have the morning free and early afternoon – and I agree with that.

  3. Patricia awesome news. I have an idea. At the midnight job whe cleaning if you have a small tape recorder or on some cell phones you can tape your thoughts for the children’s book or for anything else you are writing. I am so happy for you. Take care and God bless you always.
    Mary Grisaffi
    Your New Orleans friend

  4. So happy for you…sounds like you will be very busy!
    I am praying for my daughter to find a good job very soon.
    She has been out of work since Sept. and in R I there is not much. I guess I will try many rosaries!

    1. So depressing being out of work. I will pray for her too. Sometimes it does just take a long time.

      With me I sort of stopped looking for the “good” job and became more open to “any” job. But I don’t have a college degree and lots of experience out of the monastery so more limited. Still my little job did work into full time eventually . . . I will pray for your daughter to find the best job ever for her.

  5. Wow yesterday i was thinking of you saying she must be very busy no puzzles lately. And then today I get a post. You are one very busy lady. I pray that things will work out for the best for you and it won’t be too over taxing. Just try grave yard for awhile to see if it is a fit for you and your life style. Seems when done you would want to sleep after you settle in the home. You have to readjust your meal times etc. Leave time for fun activities. All work and no play may leave you with a dull day. Or how ever the saying goes. I wish the best for you. God will bless you with the right path to choose. Blessings of peace. Kathy OFS Siochan Agus Maitheas.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Well – I wasn’t so busy during my time off with the puzzles as I was in a mental transition and just couldn’t concentrate on anything more. I have come to the point where I don’t push myself over the top if I don’t have too!

      Age I think does that. I stop competing with what I think I should do and just do what I can handle.

  6. Dear Patricia,

    Congratulations on your new job. However, the most important is your health and if you find you are not getting enough sleep, the late shift might be too difficult. I will be praying as usual and if it is a good fit that it works out for you.
    Love & Prayers,
    Mary B.

  7. I think it’s wonderful ,especially if you can acclimatize your system to working nights . It’s a real plus to have benefits , whatever the pay .{Did I say that ?} No ,really , benefits ,although possibly not a necessity at the moment , could well be one day ! You may find your niche there ,if you’re happy -you DID enjoy the residents and staff ,didn’t you ? God be with you ,Patricia .You have a month to test your system’s agreement or disagreement with same .I never could sleep during the day ;so ,my night shifts I traded with others who loved working nights .Good luck and God bless you in your endeavour. I’m so glad Pudge is back to himself .We DO love our animals ,don’t we ? God’s critters ,every one ! Hugs , Jo

    1. Hi Jo,

      My first two nights I was a bit dragging. The second night better than the first. I think once my schedule gets switched I will do fine. Last night I slept almost 12 hours from six in the evening till six in the morning. That was playing catch up because I hadn’t been able to sleep longer than four hours before. So I think if my body realizes that six in the evening is ok time to be asleep I will be fine.

      And I totally, totally agree with you about the benefits. That was the reason I decided to go for the job.

  8. Having worked 3rd shift, and second, you will find as your body adjusts to the schedule that working 3rd is an advantage. You can stay up and do things, you can get up early and do things and can accomplish so much more than you can working 2nd.

    1. Hi Patricia,

      Yes! That is what I think. How wonderful it is to have the whole morning and early afternoon to do what I want. Easier to shop when not everyone else is in the store and also easier to go places outside of the rush hour traffic. Not that we get much traffic – but still . . .

      The biggest thing I will have to see is keeping my 3 day a week church job. So will have to see how alert I am for that one after an 8 hour shift. But I think because it is such different work I can do it.

  9. Hi Patricia, benefits are non taxable income ( as of now) so that is a perk also, plus you will get paid vacation time. Benefits are important to have, always remember non taxable income. The salary may be less, but you are not paying taxes on your health benefits or you vacation, so technically your hourly rate is higher including your paid benefit portion. It is excellent for you to have the benes…. best of luck to you with this, very exciting. Pace yourself, eat well, get plenty of rest. Blessings this will work out well.

  10. waited a week to add a comment. I think this is a great opportunity….you have been back and forth with the Villa for a while. God must want you there for the residents. You can bring God to them in so many ways. Mary knew what she was doing when you received your answer to prayer. Stick it out. You never know there may be a book in the lives of these people who are living at the Villa and you just might be the light in their lives.

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