So I didn’t change the site (yet)…but I have decided to continue writing here. ENJOY! A post for my job seekers…
Five applications a day. 5 days a week. Weeks turned into months.
Prayer requests in the basket. Fasting. Morning scripture and gospel playlist on the iPod.
Emails from friends. Texts from family. Vision board reading and waiting to thrive.
I hit the wall while uploading my resume after the system had already asked me to type in my work experience, line by line. The cover letters started to blend together and I sobbed. No, I didn’t cry. I sobbed. Crying is for when you are hurt. Sobbing is when hope leaves you like a scorned lover in the night. Sobbed.
God says move. You’re trying. You can no longer stay where you are but can’t seem to get to where you want to go…where ever that might be. You just know that God has promised you something.
Job searching is a special kind of purgatory – that space between where God kept you, raised you, taught you then told you to leave — and arriving in a promised land of promotion.
How do you stay faithful when every door you knock on doesn’t open? Or maybe it cracks a little and then slams in your face? And there are nights you cry out saying that you’ve done your part and wondered when God would do His? Maybe it’s been weeks, months or years. And all you can ask is when? When, God, when are you going to show up?
Then, in the midst of the meltdown, God steps in like He always does, to remind us we only see the pieces, not the puzzle. Every rejection is a redirection to the right path. The nos won’t look so harsh anymore. You know that any “no” you receive is simply God saying, “I have better, keep looking.”
There will come a point in your job search where you cling to God as if he is your life raft in the sea of uncertainty. Your tears and frustration will subside and you’ll see clearly the meaning of “seek ye first the kingdom of God and the rest shall be added unto you.”
You wouldn’t trust Him if everything came easy. You wouldn’t learn to cling to him if the sea never raged. You would never know that God can open windows if every door you knocked on open with ease. You’ll need that type of faith to carry you through much harder times than this so don’t be weary in the lesson.
Everybody wants greatness, but nobody wants to go through the process to be great.
One day, with yet another application in your lap, you’ll feel the shift. Instead of lamenting on when God will come through, you’ll start praising Him because you KNOW He will come through. He will provide just like He always has in the past. You will have sought His will for your life and found a deeper relationship with Him. It’s amazing how much we find out God is all we need, when God is all we have. Truly amazing that He becomes the source of our strength and the place of our peace when our own strength runs out.
When we stop asking “when,” we will find God, and when we find God, our worries about when, where, how and why all start to fade away. Replaced by the simple truth that God will provide in His due time.
When our mind is finally focused on God and not our own strength, our own timing, and our own desires, the promise can be filled. Tears of gratefulness will flow as you thank God that He loved you enough to handpick this job and this moment just for you.
Scriptures to Consider:
For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.