SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation
You just graduated from college or grad school and we all know what the next step is: Job hunting! A man once said that looking for a job is like a full-time job. The process is so time-consuming that you’ll think you’re being paid for researching, filling out applications, going to interviews, and all. Plus, family and friends can become a nuisance if they’re constantly harassing you with the same questions: “Have you got a job yet?”, “Have you thought about applying there?”, “Don’t you think you’re being too picky?” Hence, in a blink of an eye, the journey to your dream job can turn sour and overwhelming leading to a frustrating spiritual life. We shouldn’t let this season take control over us but instead take control over it by finding rest in the Lord.
Today’s economy makes it more challenging to find a job; thousands of graduates are competing for the same position; employers prefer hiring individuals with considerable work experience than degrees, etc. All of these factors just contribute to the amount of stress that can arise during the job hunting period. In my own experience, I spent close to seven months looking for a job. I was living at home, applying at various places, and editing and re-editing my résumé (having been called only twice for interviews). I can’t number the many times my friends texted and called to see if I had gotten anything. I mean I understood that they cared but doing so on a regular basis became annoying because my answer to them was always the same: “No, I haven’t found anything yet!” That was also the time when people gave me all sorts of advices about different companies that were ‘supposedly’ hiring. I think it’s inevitable to feel a sense of frustration because you’re a graduate with no job feeding off of your parents’ revenue. I grew overwhelmed week after week. I was wondering what God’s plan was, why put me in this humbling state for so long; I worried, worried, and worried some more. Until I got fed up…
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I like what the Bible says in 3 John 1:2 which is a familiar but powerful passage: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” The will of God for His children is that they live a stress/worry-free life (Matt6:25,34). So when I was overwhelmed and kind of ‘tormented’ by my jobless state, I was only hurting the heart of God. The Lord wants us to be well just as our soul is growing in His knowledge. Isaiah 30:15 adds “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.'” This passage taught me that I was just killing myself softly for nothing because God is able to save in the absence of my fears and anxiety. He instead wills me to repent of my ways, rest, trust, and quietly wait for His intervention. So, why was I torturing myself then?
When I finally released all things to God, He traded my restlessness with peace. I limited my conversations with the friends that would trigger my anxiety. I no longer went crazy on applying for every single job opening but applied as I saw fit. The Lord brought me back my joy to praise Him no matter the circumstance and worry no more. The job didn’t come right away but it did come at its appropriate time and by then I was ready to take it on with a positive attitude that the Lord had nurtured over the previous weeks. Therefore, I would encourage all of you ladies job hunting: Don’t get overwhelmed, seek refuge in the Lord because it’s indeed in “resting in God that you will be saved and in quietness and confidence that you’ll find your strength.”