Help! I Can’t Find A Job

When I first started college, I happily charted out four years’ worth of classes. I was excited about what life would bring. Sure, I had to tweak my plans every semester or so, but I always had a plan, and things always worked out.

Then I graduated, and suddenly, I had no plan. Studying history was a wonderful experience, but the fact remains that there isn’t much of a market for history majors who do not want to teach. Week after week, I sent out job applications to organizations which had little to do with my field of study. And week after week, I received letters politely informing me that another candidate had been found. It was a tiring process.

After receiving one too many polite rejection letters, I finally realized that finding a job was simply beyond my ability. If it was not in line with God’s will, all my qualifications and charismatic personality (or so I would like to think) were not going to do the trick. As James 4:15 advises, “you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (NIV). Ultimately, I realized, God is in control, and He works for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Some days, it was hard to hold on to this promise. After all, I didn’t have a plan, and it wasn’t easy to rely fully on God. “If only I could get a job,” I thought, “then life would surely be settled!”

As the days turned into weeks and then months, however, I realized that I was putting life on hold until I got a job. Of course, I needed to keep sending out the applications, but I also had to recognize that there was more to life than waiting for the replies. I had this time in between school and job which I could learn to make use of. I needed to learn to live—now. After all, life does not start with a job.

I gradually learned to see every day as a gift from God (Psalm 118:24). I needed to trust that God had the best in store for me, job or no job. And in the meantime, I would learn to make full use of each day He blesses me with. To wake up each morning and draw my first breath, is a testimony to God’s goodness.

I have slowly woken up to the fact that I now have time to sit down and read, write, or just delve into the Bible. It is a luxury few people can afford. I have no classes to rush to. No job to be late for. No children demanding my attention. I am in a unique position of being able to lead life with few distractions. It is a gift that I have finally learned to recognize.

Perhaps it will be another six months before I land a job, or perhaps it will be a mere six days. I don’t know. What I do know is that I am alive today, and can experience the laughter or tears this day might bring. It is God’s gift to me, for which I am thankful.

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3 replies
  1. ann
    ann says:

    Thankyou christine for share this.this really strenghten me as i am a fresh graduate who face same condition like you . now all i need to do is start work by myself ,Bring the best everyday to glorify His name.may God bless all of you abudantly and learn to trust and gain power only in Him alone.

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    • Christine
      Christine says:

      Thank you for the encouragement, Ann. Being a fresh graduate is a surprisingly difficult season of life. I pray that God will strengthen you through this time, that He will provide for you, and that you will learn precious lessons and draw closer to Him each day.

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