The Lord Asked Me To Release My Job Search To Him

It’s been a long time since I shared a post like this. It’s good to be back!

I have been looking forward to getting my first job since I turned sixteen. I was always on the lookout, keeping my eyes open for ‘Help Wanted’ and ‘Now Hiring’ signs, thinking about what it would be like to work at various types of places. I prayed about it often – I figured that since I was of working age, then the next step the Lord would have made possible for my life would be to help support my family financially, and at the same time enjoy having a new life experience.

As I now know, that was never to be part of His plans for me. I turned nineteen a few months ago, and I haven’t gotten my first job yet.

To say that this has been hard to accept would be a complete understatement. It has been an absolute struggle for me at times when I’ve believed that life keeps going, and then here I am, stuck in a situation I feel out of place in. I’ve really let it get to my head at times.

I was defining myself by what I didn’t have, what I wasn’t doing, what I couldn’t achieve, and that made me lose sight of all the beautiful things the Lord has planned for me.

Late last month, I went to my second (and quite possibly last) job interview, and it didn’t go very well. I was contacted via email a few days later by the company, where they formally let me know that they had chosen to move forward with other applicants, and not me.

It really hurt, but at the same time, it set me free.

Have you ever marveled over the fact that the Lord can use the most painful of things for our good and His glory? I still don’t understand how He does it, but I suppose that’s the beauty of it – He works in beautiful of ways that we’ll never even fully understand. Even when we don’t get it, He does! We don’t have to figure it all out, because He already has.

On the day that I got back home from that job interview, I knew that the reason I’d gone wasn’t actually to get the job at all. That experience is part of my story for other reasons entirely: to teach me more about what the Lord has in store for me, and to encourage others who may be in a similar situation.

The Lord has asked me to release my job search to Him. It took me three years to willingly surrender, and looking back, I really wish I would have trusted Him with it all sooner. If I had allowed my faith to rest in Him and truly left it in His hands, I wouldn’t have put myself through all the heartache I’ve experienced these past few years. I continually took matters into my own hands because I felt like He was making a mistake, and I believed in my heart that it was wrong for me not to be working. I’d convinced myself of this for so long that I could no longer trust Him with it, because in my mind, I was the only one I could trust.

I no longer feel like that at all. One thing He has continually been teaching me is just how trustworthy He is. Even when He’s asked me to give up something that once really mattered to me, He refilled that place in my life that mattered so much more, to me and to Him.

I am now learning that the things that matter the most in my life are gifts from the Lord. That includes people, hobbies, places, situations, countries (shoutout to you, Guatemala!), etc. – when He is at work in my heart toward a specific thing (anything, really!), then all of the time I invest in it is worthwhile. Sometimes, there are seasons of my life dedicated to teaching me something extremely important in my walk with Him. It may not be evident to others (or even to me), but looking back, I know not a moment has been wasted when I spent it following Him. ❤ ❤ ❤

So, is there anything in your life you’re really wanting to pursue, but it just isn’t quite working out? Bring it before the Lord. Share with Him what’s on your heart. He cares for you more than you care for yourself. His timing is infinitely greater than ours, and even when waiting is painful, He is right there walking beside us the entire time. ❤

Take all of the things that are on your heart at the moment and lay them down at the foot of the cross. They are on your heart for a reason. Whether those plans will be fulfilled very soon, or one day in the future, allow the Lord to use the dreams He has given you for His glory and your good.

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

I’m praying you have a beautiful week! If you’d like to chat in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

24 replies on “The Lord Asked Me To Release My Job Search To Him”

Awe I am sorry Maggie about not being able to find a job. I feel ya girl. I have applied many places over the past year and had been feeling discouraged. But I now see that God hasn’t wanted me to have a job yet, and when the timing is right he will bring one my way. But it is hard when everyone, even kids younger are getting jobs. 😛

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Thanks Gracie *hugs* That has been discouraging for me, as well. Multiple applications, two interviews… *sigh* It’s been a journey, for sure. Same here! I’ve learned that He’ll give me my first job when the time is right 😊 Ugh, that is a struggle 😖 I’ve had to learn how to accept that His plans for others is different than mine. 💓 It’s something I’m still learning!

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This was beautiful to read. Its so tough trying to control everything and nothing seems to turn out the way you want it too. Thank you for sharing and reminding me to be patient and relinquishing control over certain matters. 😌

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Hey Maggie great post! I’m 23 now but I had my first part-time job around your age. At the time was fresh out of high school and my focus for the summer was to get a job to pay for college. I got accepted into two schools and one was in my city and the other in a different city. I didn’t know which school to go to but I remember “bargaining” to God that I would go to school wherever I ended up getting a job. If I didn’t get a job in my home town by the end of the summer than I would choose the other school. I ended up ended up getting a job that July at a grocery not far from home. The store which I had applied to three years in a row before the year I finally got hired. So I stayed in my home town and graduated from my two-year program without taking any student loans thanks to the job that God provided for me. I know my situation is not quite the same but I hope this gives you some more hope. And I trust that God will bring you to the right job at the right time. Keep it up, GIRL!

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This is so edifying, Maggie! My sisters in Christ and I have been talking about this very topic. Bells were ringing their hearts out as I was reading. I relate so much to what you shared. Last year I really struggled with being a housewife, and I still do sometimes. People make judgments about me, but I see how God has used me right where I am right now. Having seasons where He teaches certain things, that’s very much been my year. He’s amazing and so gentle as He guides us.

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The biggest reason why I’ve struggled with being unemployed is because of comparing myself to others, and worrying about what others think. I’m actually loving this season of my life! But I can’t enjoy it if I feel like I “should” be doing something else, but this is what the Lord has for me right now. 🙂 It is often in the quietest seasons of our lives that He teaches us the most! Because that’s when we’re able to focus on Him. ❤ It’s harder to learn from Him when I’m distracted by my life!
He is certainly using this season of your life to reach and bless others through your blog! 🙂 I also have a lot of free time, which allows me to focus on writing many more blog posts than the average blogger. It’s a blessing to have so much time to write!!!

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I agree! You worded it perfectly! I love being home and being able to serve my husband as a housewife. I’m grateful for the time because God helps me greatly with writing and sharing.

But absolutely, I’ve allowed my joy to be taken becasue my eyes and heart were focused on others and judgement. I am STILL working on this, actually I have two life posts coming out this week for Inside Cup…and Tuesday’s I talk about my fear of comparison in “not having the “perfect” looking apartment by the standards of other wives. I might even do a follow up post because I had a friend visit me last week and I opened up about my fears to her.

One of my favorite quotes is “Bloom where you are planted.” And I feel such encouragement just to know God will use where He has me, I just need to trust that. I’ve belittled myself so much and the effort I give to my husband and others all because of money, and that is not Christlike. I’m so thankful His patience and love through these struggles. Our Savior is amaazing, Maggie!

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Preach it! I’m so sorry that you haven’t been able to get a job but it’s so good that you are still trusting God and are releasing it to him. I had a situation with a boy at church who I wanted to pursue but it took me 6 months to realise that it wasn’t what God wanted for me. Now I’m trusting in him and his perfect timing xx

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“Sometimes, there are seasons of my life dedicated to teaching me something extremely important in my walk with Him. It may not be evident to others (or even to me), but looking back, I know not a moment has been wasted when I spent it following Him. ❤ ❤ ❤” AMEN!!! 😀 ❤ And I'm sure you will get a job someday, in His timing. 🙂

This post was so relatable and encouraging, thanks for sharing! ❤ I'm 27 and have yet to get my GED, drivers license, or my first job. It took a while for me to understand that maybe God has me still at home for a reason. 🙂 (Still studying for my GED and drivers test though!)

(Unless I count taking care of my grandma as my first job. If it was, I quit 11 months in. Taking care of someone with dementia was one of the hardest things I'd ever done and I quit because I couldn't handle it.)

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Thank you, Grace! I’m open to whatever He has for me 🙂 and whenever He has it! haha ❤

You're welcome! I'm happy you enjoyed reading it 🙂 The Lord certainly knows how to use seasons of living at home! He has taught me so much in just these past few months alone ❤ Ooh best of luck on your drivers test! You got this 😀

(Wow, that's not something I've had to do in my life yet. I can only begin to imagine how challenging that would be. *hugs* and even though you quit 11 months in, I know the Lord knows what was on your heart in that situation. He knows what we can handle, and a big reason why we often feel like we're disappointing Him is because of the standard that we set for ourselves, not the one He has in mind for us. I just wanted to hopefully encourage you ❤ )

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Yes He does! 😁 Aww I’m glad! Thank you! 💖

(I hope you never have to. It’s hard to watch. And hard to deal with. She knew who I was until near the end of her life but the dementia made her more difficult to handle than she normally was. She was kind of hard to handle even before the dementia set in. Like when I stayed my first night at her house, she made me sleep in the recliner, which wasn’t very comfortable, because the other bed that used to be my grandpa’s was used by her cat and she didn’t want me disturbing her cat. XD Yes I totally agree with that, and I did feel like I disappointed Him. And my grandpa and my parents and her. Thanks for the encouragement – I needed it even this long after that happened. ❤️ I actually created my blog the month she died. Trying to figure out blogging gave me something else to focus on.)


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