There is nothing quite like that feeling you get when you have applied for a job which you are fully qualified for and gone through somewhere between 2-4 interviews for the position, only to find out that you were #2 or #3 and someone else had been selected for the position. This feeling hurt the first time but was soothed rather quickly as I brought on my optimistic view on life and said to myself “It’s OK. You were close. Just pick yourself up and try again!” Fair enough. But on the second and third time this happened you start to ask yourself a few questions… What does this guy have that I don’t?!? Did I not convey my experience well enough??? I wanted that job!!
Of course we adapt to our situations and begin to apply to a few jobs every day while doing our best to keep ourselves in high spirits. The wife is a very special companion during this time. But one cannot help but think about the bills that are coming in. As time goes on breakfast with bacon in the morning will have to turn to oatmeal… Not steel cut oats, but rolled oats, without raisins, cinnamon, nuts, or brown sugar and cream. These thoughts may be exaggerated but the reality is there is no money coming in. There has to be a way out.
In the middle of all of this I am glad to have read and be reminded of Philippians 1:19-20 – “For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death”.
The apostle Paul was in prison. I love this portion of the bible and many times while I have read it tears were brought to my eyes. In the middle of this environment being wrongly imprisoned Paul was not put to shame in the matter of magnifying Christ. But rather, with all boldness, as always, even in this situation Christ was magnified (made large) to those around him. The jailers may have just known about the man Christ without seeing all the riches of Christ. Therefore to them Christ was so very small. Through Paul’s living of Christ in a “death” situation Christ was magnified to all those around him. The small Christ became a rich and large Christ to those around.
Lord, keep me with you in this time of searching for a career. Keep me abiding in Your presence and enjoying sweet prayer and fellowship with You. Lord, You are my Financial Support, You are my Rock., You are my Hiding Place. Grant me the boldness while here in my job search prison to magnify You in all things.