Lunch-Break Miracles
By Diana Aydin

The Last Page Miracle

Today is kind of an exciting day. Exactly one year ago I started working at Guideposts! Some days I can hardly believe I’m actually here. You see, the story of how I ended up at Guideposts is really a bit of a miracle...

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but I’ve always loved magazines. When I was little, I’d pore over my dad’s copies of Newsweek magazine like I was studying for an exam.

As soon as I spotted the new issue sitting on the top of the mail pile, I’d snatch it away and flip to one section–the last page. There was always some hidden gem there just waiting to be found. Even today, it’s my favorite page of pretty much any magazine.

Diana (left) with four of her editorial colleagues at GuidepostsWhen I finally realized writing was for me, though, I couldn’t seem to land a magazine job. I was either too qualified or not qualified enough. I even applied a few times to Guideposts (and once made it into the office for an interview!). But nothing ever happened.

So, instead, I took a job writing advertising and marketing copy. As much as I liked coming up with taglines a la Peggy Olson on Mad Men, I just couldn’t let go of my original dream, something God had planted in my heart when I discovered Newsweek back in elementary school.

Last year, before my 30th birthday, I decided it was time to make a career change. I promised myself I wouldn’t take a new position unless it brought me closer to my dream. But that was easier said than done.

After months of searching, I got an amazing copywriting job offer at an exciting, fast-growing company. I couldn’t say no. I took the job...and immediately regretted it. The people were wonderful, but it wasn’t “the dream.”

I never felt so lost and confused. I begged and pleaded with God to help me figure things out. But I couldn’t help but wonder–why had he given me a dream in the first place? Would it ever come true?

A few weeks after starting my new job, I went to my parents’ house for Easter. I was miserable all weekend, thinking about how my career hadn’t gone as planned.

After dinner, I flopped down on the couch and casually searched for jobs online. That’s when I saw it. On the holiest day of the year. A job opening at Guideposts. I submitted my application that Easter Sunday.

You can guess what happened next! Shortly after, I started working at Guideposts. And, on my first day, I was given a list of stories to work on, including something called “Secret Spaces.”

A regular feature. One that appears on the very last page of Mysterious Ways magazine. A seemingly insignificant assignment. But to me? A dream come true.

Have you ever experienced a work-related miracle? Share your story below!

Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!

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It is a blessing that your dream job helps so many people (including me) by inspiring them. I have a similar story. When I got my "dream job", exactly the one I had prayed for, I realized it was not my dream job! Now I do not have a "dream job" in mind. My prayer is now to be a Christian caregiver 24/7 by sharing the love of God with others: anywhere and anytime. Don't even need a "real" job to do that!

Dara, that is the ultimate dream job! Sharing God's love - what could be better?

Yes…when I started my writing. It was something that I never anticipated or expected, but that nudge resulted in a call from the editor of the newspaper asking me to write a monthly humor column. Saying YES to the doors God opens has been a huge adventure.

It is truly amazing what a "yes" can do!

Happy celebration! Wonderful story. I am celebrating Canada Day which is today not because I am from Canada, but because I am a Canada by marriage! Lol Not many people have their own holiday :)

Haha Happy Canada Day, Delace!! Can't wait to share your story on the blog soon :)

I had several God experiences to get me to where I am now in my career as a Teacher of the visually impaired.
I would love to write/ share my story for your magazine.

Crystal,we'd love to read your story! You can send it to us at mw@guideposts.org :)