Patience is definitely a virtue. I’m going to be candid with this post since I’ve been M.I.A. lately.
You ever felt like you were in a waiting period for so long that it seemed like you were just existing? Felt like everyone’s life was speeding past yours? You ever felt that your prayers were abandoned as if God jumped ship? This message is for you.
I’ve been waiting for the right moment to write this. This journey after college has been ups and downs. I haven’t had a year since that I wasn’t going to funerals. You might say well don’t go. I’m next in line as the family historian so it’s my duty. Back to the message! The journey after college was bittersweet. I couldn’t even begin to write down all of the pains I’ve been through.
I’ll make a few. I have been through ageism as far as getting jobs. TWICE!
I have been through almost getting the job then get a cease and desist contact from the “so-called” employer for harrassment when I was just following up on my application. BUMMER!
I decided to make one of my dreams come true when I set out to publish my books. Now I have three published.
There was still that willingness to serve my community so yeah I became a habitual volunteer. I’ll tell you in a minute how that can work for your good. I began working health fairs for the American Cancer Society and Working as a Cancer Registrar (soon to be licensed) pro bono. (You must think I’m crazy, right?) I have been working health fairs for three years and the registry for four and a half (no compensation).
It was my will to learn oncology by experience that pushed me through. I’ve always known I wanted to do healthcare but didn’t know how close I’d be. Look at God! Some times you have to stay in that waiting period and learn. You have to be more eyes and ears than you are mouth.
I wouldn’t say this was an easy process at all because I sure had crying spouts seeing everyone pass me by. It didn’t matter that I was an author. It wasn’t enough. I wanted all my dreams to line up. They slowly did.
Well after almost seven years since I left college and four and a half years of experience at the registry, I finally got offered a position at another registry. I’ll just keep that pay price to myself. Ain’t God great!
Let me motivate you out there. You may be going through a drought feeling like everyone of your college or high school friends are passing you by but stay your course. Make a lane for yourself in the meantime. Pick up a trade or rack up extra certifications (Trust me the pay is more that way).
Life may seem hard and depressing but you can’t give up now! That blessing is definitely worth the wait. All of this happened two weeks before my 20-fine birthday. Push harder! Your Yes is available once you learn to let go of other people’s lanes.
That means stop worrying about whether Sally got a new job or promotion or whether Janet got engaged or married. Live your life in your lane.
When you stop reaching for the blessing in someone else’s life then you’ll finally be able to see the blessing in yours.
Life is too short to be stressed over the speed of your blessings or good things. Do what you need to do to get what you want done. It has been some nervewrecking years but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It shaped me. It made me appreciate what I had and sharpened me to fall in love with what I already knew.
If you are in a phase in your life where it seems like you are in school past four years. Keep going! Don’t look left!
If you’re in a phase where you aren’t getting callbacks from positions you are applying to. Keep applying! Keep praying! Don’t look left!
If you’re in a phase where you feel doubt or like giving up, don’t do it! Your Yes is waiting for you. All you have to do is look forward. Don’t get lost in the selfies and vacations of the peers around you. Not every picture or video tells the truth. Stay focused!
I remember thinking about the offer and immediately thinking negative because here I am almost 20-fine and just getting the job I love. I couldn’t think of it like that. I had to let go of a lot before I could see the blueprint that God was designing for me. Sometimes we could be standing on our own blueprint but get lost in the successes of others and go blind to what successes is lined up for us. Stop doing that! Be you! Be who you are called to be 100% of the time.
That’s all the motivating that I have. I pray you take heed and stay focused.