Job Hunting? "Leave Room For God" - Chambers
Last updated: 2019-04-04
I'm in the process of looking for a position doing internet marketing or web development. It becomes very frustrating sometimes when I have no control over any company's vetting process.
I know that many times it has absolutely nothing to do with who I am or what I’ve submitted that the company doesn’t choose me, but that doesn’t stop me from blaming myself sometimes.
If a company decides to go another way it must have been something I did. Right?
Oswald Chambers quotes from Galatians 1:15 “But when it pleased God…” and then encourages us to “leave room for God”.
If we don’t leave room for Him in these decisions we will easily slip into a phase of bitterness or discouragement. And when all is said and done we can even begin to question the “Goodness” of God.
I have to say, through this whole job hunting process I have been in every one of those phases at least once.
Chambers comments made me think of times when I guide my children indirectly without them noticing. When my sons have some money we will take them to a Dollar General or something and let them “pick” out a toy.
The boys will walk up and down the aisle checking things out with excitement and anticipation.
If you have ever been standing beside a young boy in a toy aisle you know what I’m talking about. The anticipation of purchasing a toy almost brings them into convulsions. They pick up the toy and imagine the multitude of ways they will play with it.
What they don’t realize, is that I’m looking at the toys with them and determining which ones I know they will actually play with (I know my boys) and which ones they could easily break.
I gently turn their attention onto the toys that I deem appropriate, safe, and durable. Most of the time they have no clue that they are walking out of the store with a toy that I chose for them. This is good parenting.
Unfortunately, a few time there has arisen a conflict. Usually this is with my 6 year old (Ryan). He is becoming wise to my “guidance” and begins to protest my “persuasive” ways.
This commences a struggle of the wills that will usually end with him either grumpily getting the toy I pick out or nothing at all.
If I do it right, he doesn’t know any different and purchases the “best” toy out of an aisle of junk.
If I do it wrong, and expose my plans of manipulation, he is angry with me and feels I’m not letting him get the toy because I don’t understand or that I’m just being unfair. (note: God doesn’t manipulate because he is sovereign, unfortunately I am not. God simply guides and directs.
These feelings come because Ryan thinks he knows best.
This is the same way I see my response to my Savior. While looking for a job or a way to further my education I can see how awesome it would be to “live here” or “do that”. Sometimes I can take offense to God closing the door.
I can become discouraged by feeling that I’m not good enough or that I didn’t do something the “right” way.
Much like my boys in an aisle of toys ready to purchase, I’m excited about what God has in-store for my family and me. I know our next move is going to be exciting.
Today, I’m asking God for the job I want but will also ask that God please give me the ability to “leave room for You”.
Do you have any encouraging stories of God guiding a certain way when you thought another way would be better? How did it turn out? How did you know?
I would love to hear about it.