Uncertainty can be stressful. It’s hard sometimes not knowing how things will turn out, or even what your next move should be. And when we feel overwhelmed by it all, and the curveballs that life throws at us, we can often forget that God is right there with us through it all.
I lost my job earlier this year. And while a part of me was relieved because it was a job that I had been debating on leaving for some time, to say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I had just recently had a baby, we were in the middle of a pandemic, and so many people were losing their jobs that it made me wonder if anyone would be hiring.
On top of that, I started out on my job search not really knowing what I wanted to pursue next. I just knew that I needed to make more money and that I didn’t want to work too far from home because of my kids.
But then I started seeing that there were very few positions that were meeting my salary requirement AND my distance preference. And as the months went by, and only rejection emails were rolling in letting me know that employers decided to go with other candidates, I started getting discouraged and wondered if maybe I needed to change my tune.
I thought “Maybe I should lower my expectations here.” Maybe it wouldn’t be SO bad to take a lower salary. Maybe I should just focus on gaining more experience in my field. Maybe I could somehow make a longer commute work.”
And then eventually it got to – “Is anybody going to hire me?”
I knew that I didn’t want to settle, but the opportunities were looking real slim, and it scared me.
So I prayed.
I prayed for what I felt I needed. And I got specific.
I prayed about the salary I wanted. How close I wanted my job to be to where I live. The type of boss that I wanted to have. The flexibility I desired in my schedule. I prayed and asked God to help me to find the right job that would be a good fit for me right now. In this season of my life.
And I just trusted Him to work it out.
Then after a whole bunch of job applications, and what felt like at least a dozen interviews, I finally landed an interview with people that I felt really good about. And then I got invited to a second interview. And then it finally happened! I was offered the job!
And the most amazing part about it is that it was everything that I prayed for!
It checked every box. I didn’t have to settle. I don’t even have to commute. And I am just over the moon in awe of God, because only He could have done this.
Even when life feels uncertain and you’re not sure what to do or how you’re going to make things work, just know that God already has a plan.
He already has something lined up and set aside for you with your name on it. He already knows what you need and what you’re going through, and He won’t leave you hanging. He’s going to show up at the right time with the right blessing. He’s going to work it out.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I’m sure you can look back over your life and reflect on all of the times that God showed up and somehow made a way when it looked like there wasn’t one. I know I can. I can remember times when I felt like I was out of options. When I didn’t know how I was going to do it or make it through. Or when I was so worried and stressed about how things would turn out. And each and every time, God always worked it out in the end. I just wasted my time being anxious and worried, because God already had it handled. I just needed to trust Him.
Our past testimonies are what we have to refer back to for our present trials. To remember how good God always is and how he never fails us.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
So get specific in your prayers, pray for what you need, trust God and expect His best.
But don’t be surprised if His best has a waiting period.
It’s in the waiting that our faith is stretched. And in the waiting is where we learn to trust and depend completely on God. Where we learn not to focus on what we see or what it feels like, but instead focus on what we’re anticipating. It’s where we learn to stop carrying the stress of trying to figure everything out on our own, and give it to God and let Him take care of it.
Whatever you’re dealing with right now, remember that you’re not going through it alone. God already has it handled.
Just Pray, and Be Specific. Stay Expectant. Trust God While You Wait. And Expect His Best.
God is in control and He’ll make a way and come through right when you need Him most. He always does.
For more encouraging scriptures about trusting God, check here –> 20 Bible Verses About Trusting God.