True Talk about Knowing the Right People in the Right Places
My children are now adults (eeekk!) One is married and the other is finding their way as the youngest. They’ve all 3 (I claim my DIL) been on a job search at different times over the last year. Application after application has been filled out with no response. Not even a “thank you, but no thank you” courtesy call.
Here’s what we’re learning…it’s all about who you know. Two of the three obtained positions because of their past experience and their character, but they were only given the opportunity to get their foot in the door because they knew someone who could help crack said door open for them.
Anybody been there? Am I speaking the truth?
We’ve all been in situations that seemed to almost require that we have an inside link in order to move forward with a plan.
- In order to get noticed for that promotion, we have to know someone whose pay grade is above ours.
- In order to get the best deal on the car, it helps to know a salesman at the local dealership.
- In order to get an appointment with the specialist you need to see, your primary physician has to make that call.
- In order to get a reservation at that restaurant you’ve been wanting to take that special someone too, you’ve got to know someone who works there to make it happen.
- In order to get that book published, you’ve got to know a publisher
- In order to get an interview, you’ve got to have a recommendation from someone your potential employer will listen to.
- In order to know if you’ve met “the one”, you’ve got to acquire the opinions of everyone around to weigh out how you feel
It can be overwhelming. It can make a situation seem hopeless. It can even discourage you from trying.
There comes a time where we have to put our blinders on, focus on the One who knows it all and tune in intently to His voice.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
Psalm 146:3-4 (NLT)
From an early age, we taught our children that even though we are the parents and we just “know stuff”, that ultimately, we don’t know it all. We simply know the One who does.
As the kids got older we told them that “hey, one day we won’t be here anymore. You never know when our lives may be over”. Who then would they turn to for advice or direction? Who would be around to point the way that they could always rely on to not only know what to say, but have their best interest in mind when saying it?
There is only one.
He knows it all. He’s already seen how it will all play out.
He knows your heart. He knows your contact. He knows the job, the restaurant, the doctor, the publishing company, your boss, He knows how that new position plays out down the road, when you will really need a doctor and which doctor is going to be best specifically for you, who you’ll marry…I could go on and on with this. He knows it all!
“As women, we like details. Can I get an Amen? We like to figure it out and play scenarios through our head. Lots of what if’s and but then’s. It’s how we’re wired and I think that it does have purpose. The problem that can come with this is that we (I, ahem) can get so fixated on these possibilities that at the end of the day, we’ve drained our energy. We’ve started leaning towards a “whoa is me” attitude or maybe even a “this is going to be great!” frame of mind or “now how in the world will that ever work?” mindset.
Sometimes I think that God is shaking His head at me thinking “silly girl, I’ll wait for you to finish all of these scenes in your head and when you’re done, we’ll get to work”. That’s not necessarily biblical, but I sense that I get in the way of myself a whole lot more than I should. Anybody else?
We only need to know HIM.
We’ve got to trust Him ya’ll. It’s as simple as that. Really.
This is where our freedom lies. This is the sweet peace that God promises to those who have placed their trust in Him. Don’t we want that? Peace and freedom?
We won’t understand it all and we’re not supposed to.
“I don’t have God all figured out but I’ve learned to trust Him more than I trust myself”
The key is to stay close to Him. That’s it.
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Dive in. Eat it up. Devour it. Drink it. This is where He is. That longing that we all have to connect the dots, it is found in this place. His word brings it all together. This is where He is.
*Let me be so bold as to say this too…there are great, gifted Bible teachers out there and it’s okay to use their resources to help us think about and apply scripture, BUT, there is no substitution for the Bible. THE word. There is only one book that “was with God” and “was God” and we need to be careful not to be so wrapped up in the stack of books by our bedside that we neglect the one true book of truth that may be propped up on a forgotten shelf somewhere else.
When we are grasping for that break in life, that promotion or soul mate or answer to even the smallest question, His word is always the answer. That’s where He can be found.
No, the name of your doctor won’t be there and the inside information you think you need for that job won’t be written on those pages. But, the One who has the answers and is already working on our behalf will be found here. He will be found with instructions on what to do while we wait. How to handle things when we feel wronged. When we should move and when we need to sit still. It’s all there.
This life is all about who you know, and there’s only one…THE One…who is sufficient enough to fill in ALL of the gaps, hold us up when we can’t stand alone, and keep us moving in the direction that was marked out for us before the beginning of time.
Let’s rest in this, that if God is all we have, we will have all that we need.
Reflect & Respond:
**What is it that you are dealing with that has you convinced that you’ve got to know someone before you can move forward?
**Fix your focus on Him, His word. Start each day asking Him for understanding as you take in a little spiritual breakfast before beginning your day.