"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
24 May 2005...

It was noon time when the operation started... Heaven did not spare the mission bearer as it poured three times more cats than dogs... However, the Escort managed to convey the mission bearer safely over the wet grounds... It was a long journey for the mission bearer throughout the gelid weather, be it in the car or in the train... Cold and hunger culminated and the mission bearer lost his sense of direction when he alighted from the last train... And the mission bearer took a wrong turn, wasting precious time saved for the mission... Nevertheless, the mission bearer had been alert enough to realize the grave mistake and promptly seek help from a nearby Watcher... The Watcher was kind enough to point out the right route that the mission bearer was supposed to take, and the mission bearer waste no time in hurrying over... After a long journey, the mission bearer reached his destination... And the mission bearer got a job to do there... The rest is history...

Well, in short, I just went for my first interview with a local accounting firm that is expanding. Not any of the Big 4s, neither have I heard of it before I actually sent my resume over. So for that precious interview, I simply put on what I usually wear for presentations and that's highly unlikely what I prefer to wear. But it's not the clothing that helps nor is the ability that we are eager to show off during the interview that helps us secure a job, it is God alone who will be our help forevermore, though I recognize the importance of wearing appropriately and having the necessary skills. For some reasons, I decided to take off my wedding ring, as advised by my aunt, and slipped it into my handphone pouch before I actually went into the office for the interview. And it wasn't that easy to come to that decision, for obvious reason.

To cut the long story short, the interview was a good one. It was an easy atmosphere to interact and questions can be raised easily if not effortlessly. Overall, I can find no reason not to take up that job, if not for the fact that the basic salary is below my expectation. I have no complaints for the other things as even all the seven partners are christians, in which therefore the firm is operated as close to biblical principles as possible. The interviewer was an elder from a church, COS, as I was told. In fact, I am keen to take up the challenge as an Assurance Associate for a start, if not that the basic salary is below my expectation. At the end of the day, I got the job offer as I requested that the letter be sent to my mailbox while I think and pray through it. It was agreed upon. As a matter of fact, I was told that if I am keen, he wouldn't mind taking me in on the spot, and I get to choose when I want to start work. Well, thank God for His grace. I left the office then.

On the way back, I was talking to my mum over the phone and enquiring her opinion. It was pretty much what I have in mind. That I should take it and use it as a platform to learn and grow, while waiting for God's further revelation about where I should be heading after the first step. What strikes me most was this ring dropping incident. As I approached the MRT, I just saw my wedding ring slipped out of my handphone pouch as I was carrying it upside down all the time I was talking to my mum. Amazingly, it did not slipped out a moment too soon or later, as I would have lost my wedding ring if I will to drop it when crossing the road, or without my notice. Yet strangely, this ring just fell right in front of me, which I could not have missed and have conveniently picked it up.

I figured this is one way God was telling me that He would provide, even if all things seems bad, for His grace is sufficient and rightly timed even without our notice. Prayers of wife and mum are also greatly appreciated as my wife, whom I met after the interview, shared about her answered prayers in regards to this interview. And we did some calculations on the amount of money we need, seems tight on our budget but who cares? God will provide.

So most probably, I will be accepting the job offer after I ascertain my results, which is going to be released real soon. Unless, of course, if I could find a better deal. And what's the best part of the job offer? It's none other than I could leave anytime I wish to. It's contract-less. Now who dare says that God is dead in our generation of science? He is forever living and real to those who seek Him.