We have the tendency to get frustrated when things don’t happen the way we expect them to. We may work hard to get the job, mend a relationship, or earn a position of authority, but not all our dreams and aspirations lead to the outcomes we desire.
A few months ago, I was looking for a new position. I considered a job in my institution’s Community Services Department, but I recommended another woman because I knew she was very interested, and she got the job. Two days later, the Department for Advancement asked me to consider working for them, but I referred the assignment to someone who would be a better fit.
I applied for a third position, outside of my institution, and got the job after a thorough hiring process. But as I was preparing to take the job, it became clear that another worker needed two more years of service in order to receive her retirement benefits, so I gave way for a third time. My resources were draining, though, and I needed a job, too. I was worried and saddened as I passed on each opportunity to others whom I considered deserving and in dire need. Had I lost all the possibilities that God had opened? Who would offer an opportunity for me? When and where? Loaded with questions and anxieties, I did not realize that God was speaking to me.
Psalm 11:10 gives us insight into the concept of biblical understanding, stating, “All who follow God’s precepts gain a good understanding.” As I waited for His leading to put me right where I should be, I sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16, Jesus promised Paul, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” I held on to this promise.
Then, my husband brought me to Hong Kong, and I got one more interview, this one with one of the Heads of a Seventh-Day Adventist institution. I got the job, and not only did the Holy Spirit lead me to a position that was a mission for me, but there was a tremendous additional blessing because my son was awarded a full scholarship for as long as I worked in that position.
When we have struggles and concerns, we need to humble ourselves to His Sovereign control. Our lives need to reflect the assurance of the Psalmist in Psalms 37:23-25: “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Rather than fret over trials and unpleasant situations, seek for the Holy Spirit. God will help us attain our dreams and desires if we acknowledge our need for Him, keep our focus on the path He prepares before us and willingly follow wherever He leads. Anchored in Jesus’ sovereign care, we can have the assurance that our future is in Him.