Have You Ever Felt Trapped by Circumstances?


You may feel that your current career transition situation is such a place; trapped by circumstances. Let me say this, Your circumstances are totally in control by God and you are not trapped.  You may not see the way out, but He will lead you one step at a time.

Not to get too preachy, but the message I heard today in church made me think of how I felt when I was in Career Transitions, just as many of you may feel like right now.

You ask “Why?”  Why was I put into this situation? Why did I loose my job, my livelihood.  I know in my situation and I was in career transition twice, not by choice, I felt no purpose, no future.

Well, back to the message.

You may know of the story found in Exodus, where God Called Moses to lead His people from Egyptian bondage to the promised land. After the 12 plagues, Pharaoh had enough and told the people of Israel to leave and take anything with them.

While they were walking out of Egypt, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent what was the most powerful army after them to slaughter the entire group, which exceeded a million people. God of course was in charge and blocked the Egyptian army from harming them, until they got to the Red Sea.

Mountains surrounded the people of Israel, the sea in the front and the Egyptian army behind. They were trapped, no place to go. Still God was in charge and the next step was to show his power by dividing the Red Sea and having the people walk across on dry land.

This was just another step.  The people had no idea what the end game would be, but by faith they took it.

YCharleston Heston, playing Mosesou can probably picture Charlton Heston standing by the Red Sea and dividing the waters. The people walking across and then after everyone was safe the pillar of fire that was blocking the Egyptian army was removed and they started their pursuit only to be engulf by the waters once released.

 So how does this matter to you?

You may ask that questions, but example after example in the Bible, God shows he is in control, and you may not realize it or even know what the end game is.

As in your job search, you do not know the end game, where you will land, or if this will be the job of your dreams. God does, and he demonstrated in the stories in the Bible, how he cares for you, but will only reveal the next step.  It is one you need to take in faith as if you are crossing the Red Sea.

When you look back, as I have at the two circumstance I experienced, I realize where I am today, is only the result of where God wanted me to be.

I pray this will be an encouragement to you as you take the next step in your Job Hunt Journey.


About OCN

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager's problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group. Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success. Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone's problem to get paid.