I was crying in the interview. Not the few quiet tears, but the loud slobbery ones.
There was NO way I was getting this job.
My teaching career had ended a year prior and left me in a pile of burnt out ashes. It had been months before I could imagine myself capable of anything.
Sitting in the firm office chair, I took deep breaths willing myself to pull my shit together. This could not be happening.
A simple question had triggered the flood of tears, along with the raw wound of my recently broken off engagement.
As I glanced across the table, her gaze was compassionate and understanding. It helped. A few more deep breaths and I completed the interview.
There was no way I was getting this job.
Fast forward 10 years.
Not only did Sharon Shafer Martinez call me shortly after the interview to offer me the position in Customer Service, but she saw my strength where I only saw weakness. Within a year I became her Administrative Assistant, then the Assistant Manager of Customer Service, and eventually took her position as Manager of Customer Service.
She entrusted her team and department to me: calling out my strengths as a communicator, leader, and strategist before I could see, let alone name them.
Her friendship and belief in me remains one of the greatest gifts of my life.
When I was at my lowest, she saw me and believed enough in me to hire me, invest in me and raise me higher than I knew I could go.
Thank you Sharon. I am one of many whose lives you have changed. Thank you for shining His grace, goodness and power. I love you my friend.