Good Reason

God puts people in your life for a reason. A couple of months back, a co-worker said this to me regarding the woman whose job I took over. We had just found out she wasn’t returning to work after her maternity leave. It has stuck with me since.

Allah SWT provides for you in different way.

I know how fiercely I had been looking for a job and for how long.

I remember the woman calling me and telling me she was looking for a temporary replacement while she went on maternity leave. I thought it was a shoe in and it would perhaps help me find a full time job afterwards. I had randomly applied to jobs at my alma mater from time to time.

I met her only a hand full of times (I worked alongside her for five days before she left for her maternity leave), but she opened so many doors for me.

It was a learning curve. I hadn’t held a full time job outside the home before.  And I certainly had a lot to learn about the field I had landed in.

But the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

And I couldn’t have done it without the help of a few colleagues, from several different departments that I work closely with, who from the start said “this is my number, this is my email — I’m always available to answer questions”. And answer questions they did.

Have I learned it all? No. Is the work interesting? Certainly.

And let me tell you something — how fitting that I work in an all-female office at an all-female campus whose mission is to empower women.

Which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?

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