“Thanks for coming for the interview yesterday. We’d like to offer you the job.”
As I stood with the phone to my ear, letting the words sink in, all I could think was that there must be some mistake. Surely they weren’t seriously offering me the job!
Doubts and insecurities flooded my mind. As much as I wanted this job – as a schools worker with a Christian charity – I didn’t feel capable. I was too inexperienced, too lacking in confidence, definitely not good enough to even consider this. Although I wanted the job, the chances of being selected had seemed so small that I’d really only gone to the interview for the experience.
And I’d been dealing with some difficult things lately. There was no way I felt strong enough to take this on right now. All too conscious of my weakness, I was sure they could have found someone better.
I imagine Gideon’s feelings may have been similar when the angel of the Lord appeared to him. Cowering at the bottom of a winepress, threshing wheat, hiding from the Midianites who had destroyed the Israelites’ crops and reduced them to starvation, he wasn’t exactly a picture of strength.
When the words, “valiant warrior” are uttered, I picture him looking round in bewilderment to see who the angel is addressing, not thinking for a moment that the greeting is intended for him.
I’d love it if you’d join me at Gracefully Truthful as we explore Gideon’s story some more and consider how we, too, can choose faith over fear.