Confession 278: When You Face an "Epic Fail"

Praise the Lord! He is good.
    God’s love never fails. 
 Praise the God of all gods.
    God’s love never fails. 
 Praise the Lord of lords.
    God’s love never fails.
Psalm 136:1-3
A few weeks ago, I interviewed for a teaching position in a district I have desperately wanted to become a part of.  This was my second interview in three years.  I prepared myself for the interview, going over questions and answers in my mind.  I prayed continuously, asking God to make me appear favorable in the eyes of the hiring committee.  I felt confident, allowing myself a vision of the future with me in that position.  Everything I’d desired for the past three years would finally be coming to fruition!!  I couldn’t wait to get started!
 As you’ve probably noted by my use of the past tense, things didn’t exactly go as planned.  Despite my preparedness, despite my prayers, I was less than my best throughout the interview.  Ready answers weren’t there.  Important points failed to manifest themselves at the fore front of my mind.  I remember, at one point about halfway through, actually thinking in my head while my mouth was responding to a question, “Wow!  I am totally bombing this!!”  I walked out of the interview room dazed and reeling.  What just happened?  I found myself looking to the heavens asking, “God, where were you?!”  I had just had another “Epic Fail”.  
Walking home, I felt ashamed, wary of facing my family eagerly awaiting good news.  I felt sad and depressed, worthless to an extent.  And I was angry.  I had just finished reading a book about prayer in which I encountered story after story of God’s amazing acts of power and might in the lives of the faithful who turned to Him.  So, where was that power and might for me?  Why wasn’t God acting on MY behalf?  He knew how much this meant.  He knew how much I wanted/longed for this.  So why did He sit back and let me fail?  How did this happen?

My initial response when dealing with an “Epic Fail” is to try and escape the negative feelings zooming around throughout my being.  In the past, I used food to cover up those feelings of failure.  I thought that a big banana split with chocolate, strawberry and butterscotch syrup would fix it all.  However, as I’ve worked my tail off (literally) to re-develop and maintain healthy habits, drowning my sorrows in sugar was not going to be an option.  My second thought was to go shopping.  However, I know the dangers of replacing one unhealthy habit with another.   As I was praying that night, letting God have it would be a more accurate description, I felt the Spirit move in the quiet of my heart. 

Lying in bed, surrounded by all of those awful feelings, I realized that instead of trying to run from them, replace them with something else, push them over onto something or someone else, I was just going to have to face them and accept them.  I was sad.  I was embarrassed.  I was angry.  And that is okay.  

Moreover, I realized that the “Epic Fail” moments in life are the ones where we truly test and grow our trust in God.  It’s in our “Epic Fail” moments that we ask ourselves: “Does God really have a plan?  Can God make something good out of this?  Is God going to see me through this failure?”  Answering those questions requires us to dig down deep into the very marrow of our spiritual bones.  And if we can answer with even the most feeble “yes”, then it forces us to relinquish our feelings of bitterness, despair, injustice and self-pity.  We can’t hold on and wallow in negativity if we sense a bigger and better picture.  If we answer “yes” to God and His sovereignty, then we have to trust, and trust can often feel like a free-fall from 50,000 feet.

I’m still a little bitter about not getting that job.  However, God has shown me in many small ways that it was for my own benefit.  And although I don’t understand the full plan, or know quite where we’re going on the grand map of my life, I trust that God has the path laid out and I know that even though there will be other “Epic Fail” moments in my life, God’s love for me never fails.

Blessings and Peace,

2 thoughts on “Confession 278: When You Face an "Epic Fail"

  1. the domestic fringe says:

    I'm sorry you didn't get the job you wanted. It's really hard when things don't go the way we planned. I hate when it happens to me.This was a really terrific post. I love you accepted your feelings, even thought they were less than desirable and trusted God to make something good out of this "epic fail".You're inspiring and a great role model for us. Thank you for sharing even the unpleasant moments.~FringeGirl

  2. Angie Vik says:

    This was a great post. Insightful and well written. Something I'll want to come back to and show others when they need encouraged. Now if I can only figure out how to bookmark a passage on an ipad.

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