Finding Purpose Anywhere and Everywhere
What an adventure the last month and half has been in terms of my career, education, and really just life in general. I feel as a bevy of opportunities are presenting themselves to me that even a few months ago I would never have expected to arise. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a hope and a future,” (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.). I found this verse from Scripture about four years ago and do my best to live it through day by day. The hope and the future that God promises is more fulfilling than any plans I could ever imagine for myself, but that does not mean people find it easy to surrender what we can control our lives.
The two years post UD graduation have challenged me to live out this verse in challenging ways. I am not a naturally patient person, so waiting for a phone call from the HR department of a company-especially when unlikely to happen—has not been easy. Working at a job that does not fall within the realm of the career I am passionate about has truly tried my patience. I love reading and writing; I love to learn and be challenged, and explore new ideas, concepts, and activities. But I currently work in a static job that is highly unlikely to encourage career growth, and thus my patience in waiting for those dream career job opportunities seems even further away than before. I like the company I work for, I enjoy working with my coworkers, and I am entirely grateful to be employed and have gained professional experience. However, waiting for the opportunity to pursue a job that is so essential to fulfilling what one is passionate about means that every other experience most likely pales in comparison to one’s dream.
More and more as I continue to grow up and experience what it really means to be an adult I find that my patience is expanding, my trust in God is becoming stronger, and my confidence is developing. I always trusted God—I know that everything He brings me to and through is done for a purpose and that I will grow both spiritually and physically because of those experiences. I am learning, however, that more than just growing in those two areas I also cultivate a deeper understanding of what it means to live my life as a Christian in every aspect of my life. Sure my current employment is not as fulfilling as a writer as I would like, but perhaps I am at this company to reach other people as a friend, spiritual advisor, and confidante. I may not be writing much in my current, but I am developing leadership and computer skills.
For whatever reasons I am at my current job—and I will never know all of God’s reasons—I will continue to do my best an employee and to honor Him because that is really all that matters in life. Trusting Him and having patience in His good will bring about God’s glory: for example, a few weeks ago I was offered a position as an adjunct professor of English at a local college. This position offers a whole new path for me to explore in my professional career, and I am now able to pursue a career amongst a subject I am passionate about. In the meantime, I continue to interact with people with whom I may offer friendship and spiritual advice. I really could not ask to be in a better position in my life right now. God is good!