Walk Away from Worry – Joblessness Jitters
Bonus Reading: Philippians 4:6-7
I graduated from college carefree, confident that a high-tech job was waiting for me. But then, as day after day went by with a lot of interviews that produced no job offers, I began to grow concerned. I wondered if I would have nothing to show for all my hard study.
Soon frustration turned to constant worry. I began to question why I’d gone to college and to wonder if something was wrong with me. Friends couldn’t help me and, as my self-esteem plummeted, I began avoiding them.
God hadn’t been a priority for me at college. But now, with plenty of time on my hands, I returned to seek his face. As I prayed, peace gradually replaced my panic. And as my perspective shifted, I regained sight of those abilities that could help me win employment.
Then, out of the blue, a friend from my past contacted me and asked if I was working anywhere. Before I knew it, I was employed—at a job I love!
Now those long, high-anxiety jobless days are just a memory. But as I thank God for my job, I’m equally grateful for the valuable lessons from those days of waiting—about praying for my needs, focusing on the blessings God has given, and allowing his peace to rule my heart.
—M. Z. in Illinois
My Response: A lesson I’ve learned from waiting is …
Thought to Apply: All worry and anxiety come from the fact that we have calculated without God. —Oswald Chambers (British teacher & chaplain)
Adapted from Mike Singletary: One-on-One (Regal, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: You’ve told me, God, to give You my worries because You care about me. Help me hand them over.