Advice for Job Seekers (and anyone else discerning God's will in trials)

During the next few months, my prayer is to find a job and a home in New York City (either buying, or renting temporarily) so I can start a life with my husband. And of course, I'd like to have quality renters in my condo in Fort Lauderdale, since selling is out of the question with the market in its current state.

Those three things together are a pretty tall order, and I'm not the only one placing it. Countless educators have contacted me in recent months asking for advice about getting a teaching position in such a tough job market. There are tens of thousands of teachers currently attempting to relocate, secure a position in a school, or both.

There's no easy answer for those who are relying on themselves (or worse, me!) for solutions, but there is great hope for anyone who places their faith in God the Father. I can share with you the promises that the Lord has shown me in His Word. These are timeless truths which have sustained me through the three year 1,000 mile separation from the man I wanted to marry. These verses kept me from discouragement during our long-distance wedding preparations, and filled me with hope that our ceremony and celebration would be exactly the way God wanted them. (And yes, that day was exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could ask, think, or imagine!) Even now, I meditate daily on these scriptures to allow the Lord to fill me with bold faith as my husband and I make critical, life-altering decisions about our new path together:

These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open [a reference to Isaiah 22:20-24]: "I know your works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name." (Revelation 3:7-8)

That means any door (job, house, husband, or other blessing) that God opens for you His child, will be opened, and no one can close it. No person or obstacle in the entire universe can take it away. It is yours, even if you can't see it yet. The Lord will open it for YOU, and only you. Likewise, any door that He shuts, no one can open. If God doesn't mean for you to have it (and 'it' could be something you want, or a bad circumstance you want Him to withhold), you aren't going to have it, period. No one can open a door God closes.

And if you think that's amazing, wait until you read what the Lord tells us in Isaiah 30:20-21 (NLT):

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
He will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.

Your own ears will hear Him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.

God has given you difficult times as part of the process of sanctification. But your teachers--the people who are helping guide you toward the right decision, and the Lord Himself--will be revealed to you clearly. And you will hear God's Spirit speaking directly to you (with your OWN ears, you will hear a voice), telling you what path to follow. The New King James translation reads:

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying "This is the way, walk in it” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

How reassuring to know that any time you start to veer off in the wrong direction, you'll hear the Lord telling you "THIS is the way--walk in it!" Stay in tune with His voice, and He will speak. Focus on His omnipotence, and know that He has a plan which will be revealed to you. Concentrate on understanding Him more and your circumstances less. God is holy and true; He will open and no one can shut; He will show you the path so that you can walk in it.

I look forward to sharing with you soon the doors that God has opened for me. :-)


beverly said...

This was so uplifiting for me. Thank you for allowing the Lord to speak through you. I will be a first year teacher this upcoming school year, if I get an offer for the fall. Tomorrow I have an interview and praying for the Lord's will. Many of my friends have gotten jobs, and I have been waiting, seeking for the Lord to open doors. Gosh, your post was so on point with what I have been going through this summer. Thank you for flowing in ths spirit. I look forward to come back to this blog. God Bless

CandyandLadybugs said...

I have been applying for jobs all summer. It has taken all summer to get my teaching certificate for Oregon as well. I hope to get it soon. I think that the schools aren't looking at me because I don't have a certificate yet.

Anyway, I'm starting to realize that if God wants me to be a SAHM again, then maybe that will be okay too. I'll have to make sure I don't get too bored if I stay at home. There is a month until school starts here, so all is not lost yet.