Hope :: Springtime

Listen here!

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached May. The picture above is one I took a few weeks ago. Below is the one I took today.

Winter in the Northeast is a huge mix of gray and brown. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see the positive in what looks dead.

But those couple of weeks ago, the green started peeking through. I saw new life blooming. Today, the hedge is covered in green!

Life can sometimes feel dead or stagnant.

That doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t something happening behind the scenes or under the surface.

Corner of a green courtyard, edged with hedges covered in leaves.

A season of stagnation doesn’t mean you’re sitting still or not moving forward, it simply means there’s life under the surface that’s growing to bloom.

Don’t give up hope, don’t fall into despair when there are rejections or, even, no responses whatsoever.

What I’ve learned through this last season is that very thing. I have so many people who have told me how great my skills are and how my resume and cover letter are exactly as they should be. And yet.

And yet I have been sitting with no responses to applications or rejection after rejection for the past year and a half.

For a few months there, I started to feel bad about myself and started thinking there must be something wrong with me. However, what I’ve come to realize is: most of the time, this has nothing to do with me.

Do you know how many people are applying for the same jobs? I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a lot.

All I can do is believe that God has a plan for me, and if I keep my eyes fixed on Him instead of on what the world calls success, my hope stays high and I can find contentment where I am now and look forward to where I could possibly eventually be.

Don’t get me wrong: contentment is difficult for me to find. But rejection isn’t going to keep me from moving forward in life.

I hope the same for you!

Brittany Stonestreet signature with Dove

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