When we’re going through a challenging time, it can be helpful to remind ourselves of times when God has been faithful in the past. Recalling his provision can infuse us with hope, belief, and trust that he can and will get us through.
After college, I faced the challenge of finding a job. I was interested in pursuing a position where I could use my degree in psychology, but I also had an interest in youth ministry. I decided to apply for the youth leader position at a local church, and while participating in the interview process, I began attending there. I wanted to determine whether the environment would truly be a good fit.
One Sunday morning, a man who introduced himself and welcomed me asked about my work. I told him I was looking for a job related to psychology, and he suggested I talk with the pastor’s wife because she was familiar with that field. Then he introduced us, and we arranged to meet for breakfast. She told me about residential group homes and gave me the names of some programs to research.
I didn’t receive a job offer for the youth leader position, but I was hired at one of the group homes I learned about from that pastor’s wife. I was so confident that God orchestrated all this that I gave notice at my part-time job after my interview with the group home program. I felt peace about his ability to provide what I needed, and I sensed this job was the next step in his plan.
That’s just one instance of God’s faithfulness to me. I’ve seen his hand in many of my job searches, even with the positions I pursued but didn’t get. While some of the rejection hurt in the short term, I can now appreciate the blessings hidden among the disappointment.
I almost find it funny that I’ve seen God so clearly in my job history in particular because I’m currently a stay-at-home mom. I love being home and caring for my family. And now that both kids are in school full-time, I have the added blessing of being able to pursue my writing goals during school hours and still be present for my children in the afternoon and evenings. I’m confident, however, that if the need arose, God would provide employment for me.
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