I recently celebrated earning my third college degree and became one of the first in my family to earn a master’s degree. It’s an incredible accomplishment and I’m so grateful to God for his provision and my family, especially my parents, for their sacrifices. They are the reason I stand on the shoulder of giants.
Yet, it’s been two months since my graduation, and I have yet to land a job. Don’t get me wrong, I have had opportunities. But, I don’t want to settle for anything just to say I’m employed. I know that where I start is likely not where I will end as the days of working one job for a career are long gone. However, that doesn’t mean my starting place is trivial and I’m willing to wait for God to open the right door.
My current season has been both easy and hard at the same time. On one hand, my parents haven’t pressured me in my job search and I’m living in a summer vacation mode. My days have included family travel, lots of hallmark movies and sports debate shows, leisure reading, and of course endless job applications. I can wake up as early as I please or sleep in if I choose. I decide if I want to run errands or stay in the house and I’ve done my best to find a healthy balance. This is undoubtedly the easy side of my current season.
I’m sure you’re asking well what’s the hard part. The hard part is the reality that despite all my accomplishments and my faith in the Lord, I am currently unemployed. As a planner and an achiever, I would have loved nothing more than to have my next job lined up BEFORE I graduated. Many days, I’ve found myself crying out to God saying, “It’s not supposed to be this way”. As my peers and friends start their jobs, I feel a range of emotions from happiness in watching them take their next steps to sadness that my own job situation is not yet resolved. Yet, I know that comparison is the thief of joy and while my feelings are real, they are not an accurate reflection of truth.
So, I actively choose not to dwell on my feelings. Instead, I let my faith carry the day. Faith challenges me to live well in this season. It empowers me to celebrate with joy the accomplishments of my friends. Faith encourages me to cherish time spent with my family and the opportunity to serve with gladness. My faith, not my feelings, is my great hope in this season of unemployment.
I’m so thankful to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He is the one who has met me when I felt inadequate and defeated. He’s the one who reminds me that this season of my life has purpose. I know the giver of life, the one who came that I may have life more abundantly. Jesus is the reason I don’t take rejection emails personally ( no matter how numerous and cumbersome they feel). My God promised to order my steps and He promised that his plans for me are good, not to harm me. I can live in this season of unemployment with contentment because I know God has not forgotten me; I know He promised to never leave or forsake me. I can’t even describe the joy and peace I’ve felt in these last two months as God met me where I am and reminded of who He has called me to be.
I do not write this blog lightly, but I know God is faithful. He’s been too good to me to not declare that even now. A faith untested is not a faith well lived. Earnestly, I’ve had to press closer to God in this season, so that the lies of the enemy would not overtake me. Every day, I have to renew my mind and start afresh. I’ve fallen short, but God’s love is steadfast, and his mercies are new every morning. If you’re waiting for God on anything, please be encouraged that God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. Join me in choosing to say Yes to His will and His way.
Check out the prayer below if you don’t know where to start in your yes. Also, I’ve had to find ways to be practical with my time because eating and sleeping my days away are NOT the move for a healthy life. See my list below of summer activities.
I thank you for who you are and all that you have done. I know that my circumstances don’t look as I’d like, but you are still God and you are trustworthy. I choose today to rest in your promises and say yes to your way. Your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I know you will not leave or forsake me. I also know your plans for me are good and they are not to harm me. I believe you will get glory from my situation and I trust you with my whole heart. You who promised is faithful to bring it to completion. I will not dwell in my circumstances because they are temporary and you Lord are eternal. No matter how I feel or what I see, I know that it’s not too big for you. So, I yield myself and surrender to you in this moment. I choose to worship you right now because you deserve it and nothing is too hard for you Lord. I love you.
In Jesus Name,
List of Summer Activities:
- I spend time with God. I should and try to do this all the time, but this season of rest has allowed me to spend extended time in worship and prayer. I have to draw from God’s well in this season, so I can keep his perspective over my situation.
- I apply to jobs every day. This is tedious and frustrating, but I can’t be lackadaisical and ask God to bless my laziness. I spend at least two – four hours each day applying and following up on opportunities. I usually do a couple hours in the morning and then sometime in the afternoon/evening.
- I hang with my parents a lot! I go to work with my dad once a week. We’ve been bowling, fishing, serving at church, cooking together at home, , shopping, etc. I cherish the quality time I’ve been able to spend with them.
- I’ve done some leisurely reading. I’ve read Christian lifestyle books, books about financial peace and financial planning, and articles about my career interests/ passions. You should never stop learning and leisurely reading is a productive outlet for me.
- I’ve traveled, both for interviews and pleasure. Obviously, I’m being smart with my finances, but I can’t let my perceived lack stop me from living. I visit and hang with friends because pouring into those relationships re-energizes me. God created us to live in community.
- DIY Projects: I’ve done my fair share of DIY projects from developing an e-portfolio to taking a lead role in organizing my upcoming family reunion. About a month into my post-grad hiatus, I realized there’s a difference between not being a burden and generating value. I always want to be the ladder, so projects have been good time-fillers for me.