Fortunately, not only did I survive my 6 month sentence of being unemployed, but I was also able to learn some valuable lessons along the way.
This is part 2 of this series. If you have not read part one, click here.
5. Only His Plan will Stand
God is sovereign. He can do what He wants, whenever He wants, because He’s God. If we say we are Christians, we need to truly follow in His ways and His purpose and believe He is guiding us and leading our way. Situations like these can cause us to pursue things out of our own willpower that goes against God’s desire for our life. For me, I struggled with understanding His purpose in my joblessness. I had friends suggest that I start doing makeup for people or get a part-time job to get some extra income. However, I knew if I tried to do those things, I would be placing my trust in work and not Him. Though I didn’t want to admit it, I knew there were things God wanted me to learn during this time. I knew I was supposed to endure my long-suffering and wait for God to reveal what He wanted me to do. I had to accept that God did not hate me and there was purpose in my suffering. As I continued going on interviews I had peace because I realized, it’s not up to the interviewer to give me a job or not. If God wanted me to have it, I would have it. And if not, then I wouldn’t. Everything is under His power and submission. Though this is a simple truth, it helped me to understand that this is not about me. It’s about God’s will and His plans and purposes for my life to be fulfilled. Wherever He wanted me that’s where I would be. Not in my own desires, but in His.
He also showed me this through an interview process with Google. In late February I received a message on LinkedIn from a woman who claimed to be a recruiter from Google. I honestly thought it was spam until I read the message further and realized she was the real deal. She mentioned that she viewed my profile and thought I would be a great fit for their account strategist position. I was speechless. How could a whole Google be reaching out to lil ol’ me? From there I started the 5 step interview process. There would be three phone interviews with various Google employees and then an on-site interview on the campus (the job was in Michigan). If I made it pass the on-site interview my application would go through a hiring committee where it would finally be determined if I would become a Googler or not. To say I was excited was an understatement. I started reading everything I could find online to prepare for my interview and all of the crazy questions I thought I would get asked. After reading how difficult the interview questions were going to be, I didn’t expect to make it passed the first interview, but I studied for it vigorously anyways. It was when I made it through the second interview that I realized I actually had a chance. After the third interview I received an email stating I will be moving forward to the on-site interview. I couldn’t believe it. That’s when the reality hit me that I could actually be moving to Michigan to work for Google. It was unreal! Though I was ecstatic about the opportunity, I was having a hard time with the idea of leaving Houston. But I wasn’t stupid, if they would give me the job I would take it in a heartbeat. However, if I stayed in Houston, I would still be grateful to be close to my family and friends. Whatever His will was, I accepted.
I’ll be honest, Michigan wasn’t all that (it was rainy and cold), but the Google campus was lit and I instantly fell in love. I tried to get some footage of the office space or a ‘souvenir’ but photos were not allowed and I had to return the name bade given to me once I finished the interview (they don’t play!). After the on-site interview, I had a feeling it was the end. I knew I didn’t answer the questions in the best way but I was okay because I knew it was all in His control. Three days after I returned back to Houston, I received an email from my recruiter with the news. It was over. I wasn’t going to become a Googler. But it was okay. Call me crazy, but I knew that my heart was in Houston and I couldn’t fathom the thought to leave just yet. But I was so grateful for the experience because it showed me that God is in control and His will for my life will be done regardless. He has the power and authority to place me anywhere He wants. If He wanted me to work at Facebook, Google, Microsoft or wherever, I would be there. When you are walking in the will of Christ, things that seem so far off, can be achieved. All of the goals and desires you have, God can do it. But the question is, it in line with His plan and purpose for your life? Are you submitting to His plans or trying to struggle your way to getting what you want when you want?
6.God is good, always.
God is outside of time and sees you past present and future. He understands our very nature because He created us. He understands your thoughts more than you. So how is it that we cannot trust Him in the tough moments? We act as if He is not the same God we were praising just the other day. We have to get to the point where we understand that Gods character does not change. He is good. And He will always be good, regardless of the situations we find ourselves. Remind yourself of who He is. Encourage yourself in His word. He will always deserve your praise. If you think your prayers are not being answered, He is still worthy of your worship. It doesn’t matter what we go through in life, God will still be God. He doesn’t change. No matter how flip floppy we are, or our situations can be, He is still good!
7. Pay it Forward
You almost always don’t go through things just for your own personal growth. Its also for the edification of others. God is in the business of people. If you have been through it, you can now encourage someone who is going through the same thing. It’s a beautiful thing when you can relate to people on a personal level because you have been there! I’m so grateful that I am able to encourage friends going through similar situations and give them REAL advice. It’s never just for you. Use what you have learned to help others.
8. Enjoy the Season
God is more interested in building your inward character, than getting you to a destination. As painful as it was in the beginning, l learned to enjoy every moment. The simple fact of knowing when I started working, I would not have all the free time I had encouraged me. Don’t waste this time, humble yourself and seek God. Figure out what He is trying to show you. Allow Him to ordain your steps and see things from His perspective. See that He is good and faithful in all things. There is always purpose in the experiences you go through. I can truly say I am grateful for going through this season of unemployment because it exposed things about myself that I was not aware of. It allowed me to grow in Christ and learn more about His character. Another thing to note, If I didn’t go through this season of job hunting, this blog would not exist. I can talk about that story another time but my point remains, there is purpose in everything. God did not give me my job now until I learned all of these things. And I’ll be very honest. Its not exactly where I thought I would end up, but I am grateful and I rest in knowing this is exactly where He wants wants me to be.
Until next time!