So often in our job search we look for places or people whose goals we agree with. It might be a certain cause or the work environment that attracts us to a particular company. But how often do we search to partner with God at the places that we want to work in?
There’s this fear that many post-graduates face upon approaching graduation. “Where will I go after this?”, “Will I get a job?”, “What if I don’t, how will I survive?”
Fundamental questions. Questions that are right and that we should ask ourselves. But sometimes we get so caught up in wondering and asking that fear begins to build in our hearts. The question of “What if?” leads to an overwhelming fear in our hearts instead of excitement and joy.
But think about it, how often have we all been in situations where we never know the outcome but somehow or rather, the Lord in His miraculous grace and mercy, brings us right through it? Small things, big things. There’s always a temptation of fear that might knock at the door of hearts to creep in. Remembering that we will get through this in God’s timing because He has led us through it helps us to keeping pressing on.
So really instead of asking “how”, what about asking “who?”. Who should we partner with in this journey? Do we partner with Fear and walk hand-in-hand with it? Or do we partner with the Maker of the universe, the Lord above all Lords?
Answering the question of “who” allows us to move ahead with the different mindset of the path in front of us. We can then see as how the Lord sees the situation. Asking who we should partner with helps us take on the perspective that
a. The Lord will take care of us. He will guide us through this search process or the process of stepping into a new workplace.
b. The Lord will open doors that are meant to be opened and close ones that are meant to be closed. Sometimes it means walking through a door that has never been opened before. Sometimes it means walking into a door that has already been open for us for a long time. I’m always reminded by this verse in Matthew 6:26.
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (NLT version).
Take some time to grasp this passage. Birds…animals that don’t reason or think like how humans do. Yet the Lord makes ways for them to be fed, be sheltered everyday. What more of His children?
I believe that it’s important for us to be reminded that we are partnering with a God so big that our minds can’t even fathom His greatness. When we partner with Him, we present an invitation for Him to show His glory through us. Maybe it means sending you somewhere that’s totally out of your radar. Maybe it means staying at where you’re currently at. Maybe it means to wait….maybe it means persevering with the search process. Wherever you might be at this moment, remember that faith is “…being confident in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1.
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:1-5