A yelling boss, but a calm prayer agenda

A few years after I graduated from college, a friend suggested I apply for a position at a local university and was willing to serve as a reference for me. So I applied and was hired. I was tremendously grateful and felt as if it was a lovely new start for me professionally. I was particularly excited about the opportunity to take graduate coursework at this university and felt very much as if the job was an answer to prayer. 

Not long after taking the position, I started to realize that my direct supervisor had an intensity about him; he could become quite agitated at times. Colleagues within my department would quietly make jokes about it, and many would tell me, “Good luck!” or say things like, “Wonder how long you’ll last?” It became common for people within the department to hear this man yelling orders at me throughout the day. 

Suddenly a job that had felt like an answer to prayer seemed more like an inescapable nightmare. 

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