It is a rather difficult time for any graduate to be engaging transition from campus to the job market. Some have been gripped by fear and wallow in hopelessness wondering how life will be and how soon we will get back to normalcy. Just when we thought we were almost done with the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic, a third wave swung in exacerbating the cries and worries of many fresh graduates. With institutions of learning been shut down twice, it is uncertain when finalists will complete their studies. COVID-19 pandemic brought about an economic standstill that has threatened the livelihoods of many Kenyans. Many businesses, organizations and industries were shut down thus making people lose their jobs indefinitely. With thousands of graduates unemployed, these events pose a serious crisis to unemployment among the youths. The pangs of these realities are affecting many fresh graduates leaving many hopeless, depressed and disappointed with life.
The journey from the familiar to unfamiliar for Abraham was rather difficult when God called Him, Genesis 12. Abraham, left all that was familiar to him; his family, society, country and even religion and set out on a journey with God. As we step out from college, we too are called to forsake the familiar school life to embrace something new. Abraham steps out in faith only to find his path packed with trials. He encountered wars and doubts before he got to the promised land. At one point he had to go to Egypt because the very land God had told him he will possess is smitten by drought. It took 25 years for Abraham to behold in his hand the promised son.
God remains unchanging and faithful even in our doubts and faithlessness. He remains sure even in uncertainty and since we can trust him. We can journey through transition with great hope and anticipation in a loving God who is sovereign and changeless. The process may be full of uncertainty yet we trust God’s leading and guidance even in the unfamiliar road.
Things may be tough, but we don’t have to be stuck. We need to get on the sail and cruise forward albeit there are many uncertainties. But how do we move on? With total trust and continual fellowship with the Lord, God guided Abraham’s every step till he reached the Promised Land. This journey requires us to trust the unchanging God in this changing times.
God has given something unique to all of us. What can you do with your hands or mind? How can you occupy your time with meaningful tasks? Can you grow some vegetables or crops, do entrepreneurship, learn a new skill, enroll for an online course or volunteer your services at a local organization, church or industry? Consider what options you can access and be keen to give your best at them. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it as unto the Lord and not to man. The resilience in prayer and pursuit of engagements you are passionate about is worth the investment. Do it diligently. Start right where you are and keep moving. We shall overcome.