Tuesday – a good day for a miracle

I’m a believer. And I so believe in miracles. One happened in our lives over the past week. I know because I was there.

I know I have bored you all yawn-less with my job-hunting tales and lack of success. So this is not about that. Well, not really. My husband, or, as one of my blogging buddies referred to him yesterday – and I just loved it! – Mr Sunshine decided, for a number of reasons, to take an intermission from his doctorate studies and join me in the fun pursuit of finding paid work. He had a very small taste of rejection (I still out-no him by a mile) as he applied for counselling or assistant psychologist posts. He was either not shortlisted, or shortlisted and interviewed, without success.

Last week, we felt like we were running out of options. We belong to a wonderful church, to a special small group in our church, and we have fabulous family and friends all around the world who have been praying for us and for things to shift. Last Tuesday morning, we two prayed with an increasing edge of desperation. What more could we do? Leaving London didn’t feel right; we were doing all we could and what was the next step? You all know my experience of looking for work here. So we left it up to God. It felt desperate, but it also felt liberating.

That very morning, my husband got a phone call out of the blue, regarding a job he had applied for a while back and for which he hadn’t even been shortlisted.  The job entails an element of study and someone had dropped out, so they had a place they wanted to fill. They invited my husband for an interview for that spot. The job interview happened a week later (yesterday, also Tuesday). He came home mid-afternoon not too sure how the interview had gone, but reassured that he would hear the outcome either way by the end of the day.

We spent the rest of the afternoon pretty much in silence. Writing and reading and getting on with what we needed to do. We couldn’t speak. The minutes ticked by in rhythm with our anxious heart beats. My stomach was in a knot. Six o’clock came. The phone still hadn’t rung. Seven o’clock came, still no call. I couldn’t believe they wouldn’t take him on (they’d be crazy not to), but I also couldn’t imagine how good news would feel. I couldn’t bear the thought of another night of uncertainty.

At 7.15pm our phone rang. It was a call for my husband. They offered him the job. We high-fived, we screamed, we jumped and we cried. (The Royal we, of course.) We called our boys, we let everyone we could think of know the good news, and we thanked God for miraculous answered prayer.

So he starts next Monday. It is a counselling job, where he will spend three days a week as a counsellor in GP practices (doctors’ rooms) and two days a week at King’s College London, completing a Masters diploma in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), which will feed his career and earning capacity whether he continues with his doctorate or not. After a career in advertising, he now has a permanent, full-time job. Studying and doing the work that he loves and is so fabulously gifted – and called – to do. And for all that he’s getting paid.

For me, I can’t remember how good it feels to have the heaviness of pressure off my shoulders. And I’m realising that this is a gift for me too. My time to pursue my dream of writing. My time to shine. This is my time to sunshine. Thank you, Lord.

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me.
Love was out to get me
That’s the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I’m in love, I’m a believer!
I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a givin’ thing,
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
What’s the use in tryin’?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine I got rain.

Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I’m in love, I’m a believer!
I couldn’t leave her if I tried.

I’m a believer: The Monkees

Sunshine signing off for today.


33 thoughts on “Tuesday – a good day for a miracle

  1. That’s wonderful! Glad to hear your “luck” has finally changed. I believe the saying “Luck is when hard work meets opportunity”. So well done to you both! (Is there also a “Royal You”?! 😉 )

  2. Wonderful, wonderful! Congrats! I really think there’s so much power in faith. You asked, and you received because you and Mr. Sunshine deserved a bit of joyful news. I’m so happy for you, Sunshine, especially since this will allow you more time to write. Fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s all just sinking in, and it feels so wonderful and such a relief! I can’t tell you. Well, I can … and I did, I guess! 🙂
      Much love, Sunshine xx

  3. I need my sunglasses at night the sun is SO bright! Overjoyed, in awe and knew at the 11th hour the one and only supplier of life would come through for you. Yay! God is good and His timing so perfect.
    You see now you both get to do what you love!
    Happiness is waking up to good news of dear friends with coffee in hand…

  4. Awesome news and post. Love the Monkees song at the end. I look for miracles everyday, but now I will be on special look out on Tuesdays.
    “I believe in miracles” – Hot Chocolate

  5. God is so good. He is never early…and He is never late.
    blessings, and thank you for sharing

    1. You are so right, Jane – and thank you! This has been our prayer/mantra:
      “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 11-13
      Blessings to you too
      Sunshine xx

  6. Yay, congratulations to you and your husband!! I’m so happy your prayers were answered … eventually, the miracles come … the detours may be unexpected, but at the end, we reach the place we’re meant to reach.

    Much love and light to you.

  7. Hi Mrs Sunshine. I was drawn to this blog post as I remember you and Mr Sunshine (I bet he loves being called that!) telling me about this answer to prayer last week. It’s always encouraging to hear about miracles. God Bless. Andrew

  8. Jeremiah 29:11 is such an encouragement. To know that there is a plan! So many times if feels as though we are like those “Roadside shoes” just waiting to be put into action. I love when our desires and God’s plan converge in time. Blessings, Jeanne

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