Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
“We have received an overwhelming response for Firefighter/EMT positions in Manatee County. Continue checking this website for future employment opportunities. Application period is now closed.”
That notice was posted on our county Fire Department’s website this evening. In our county, there are over a half dozen different fire departments. They all band together once a year to create an applicant pool from which they all draw when they have openings. Each January, one hundred men and women are selected on a first come, first serve basis to take the written and agility exams to prove that they have the qualifications to serve. Once they pass the testing, their applications are made available to the different departments. Youngest son has been volunteering at one department and one of his EMT instructors works there. He had hoped to be hired with that agency, but after today, has decided he will take whatever work he can get. The application for testing (not the application for employment, you have to apply for testing before you can even apply for employment) went on line at 9:00 this morning. Youngest son was ready, but could not get onto the website. Shortly after 9:00, a notice appeared on the website stating due to a high volume of response, the application had been removed. The note said to keep checking back. All day long, he stayed chained to his computer, every 15 to 30 minutes, rechecking the site. The message stayed the same until 4:30 PM. By this time, I was starting to panic. Though it all, I was praying, but in my “mom takes charge mode”, I wasn’t about to leave it all up to God. So, from my office, I was also monitoring the website. As was one of my coworkers whose brother is an officer in one of the fire departments. He encouraged us to keep on top of the situation warning that they had 300 hits at 9:00 this morning and only 100 openings. At 4:30, she, youngest son and I all saw that the application was back up. Youngest son and I began inputting his name and information. Despite completing the test application, it would not connect giving us error messages. Between the two of us, we completed the application eight times, yet were not able to submit it for review. Youngest son was getting mad and saying he guessed he wasn’t meant to be a firefighter. I tried to calm him even as my heart raced and my fingers sped over the keyboard. Then, I got a connection! And a message, “Your application has been approved and you are scheduled for the test.” Relief, peace, gratitude. He is one of the 100 with a shot at a job. I know God is with us. I know it full well. But, it was so good to have confirmation of it. Less than 12 hours after the process opened, it closed again. But youngest son has a foot in the door. Thank God!