Graduating into a secure future might seem beyond our ability these days. During today’s uncertain and rapidly changing economic conditions, how is one to find a good job? Writer Wendy Margolese has insights and personal experience with this challenge. She writes:
“The Bible has accounts of people who were unsure of their future, but still found purpose and fulfillment through their trust in God’s goodness and guidance. One example is Joseph – sold into slavery and wrongfully imprisoned. But he won the favour of Pharaoh and eventually, through his faith in God’s direction, Joseph saved Egypt and the surrounding nations from starvation during famine. Each step he took defied the human circumstances with Divine power and was a building block to his ultimate success and a blessing for so many.”
Margolese then recalls her own fruitless job search when the deadline loomed for her to leave the dorm after graduation from college. She decided to rely on her Sunday school teachings and began a serious study of the Bible’s promises in a nearby Christian Science Reading Room.
“My study yielded this biblical promise: ‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’ (Jer 29:11 NRSV) Looking to the unchanging nature of the Divine and my relationship to Him was a remedy for my feeling of worthlessness and insignificance. My true abilities did not originate in me, but were mine by reflection. I wanted to put into practice the talents I already possessed as God’s beloved child. And, I felt sure that He, not economic circumstances, governed the universe.”
The good news was that when she returned to the dorm that day, there was a phone call and a job offer waiting. The bad news was that, like many of Joseph’s assignments, it was not a good job and the working conditions were unsatisfactory. But Margolese continued to pray with her newfound trust in God.
“A month into the job, the Manager of the facility came by my station and, in conversation, found out I was bilingual. The next day I was placed in the office doing French correspondence. Two weeks later, he arranged for a job interview at the company’s headquarters, which opened up a fulfilling and challenging career for me.”
This happy outcome was not because Margolese was somehow lucky, or favored by God. In fact, we can all claim our right to a secure future after our schooling ends. If you’d like more helpful insights on graduating, Read More here.