Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Trap or Transition? A Lesson from a Fly

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Trap or Transition? A Lesson from a Fly

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A Christian Science perspective.

Bzzz. Bzzzzzzz. A fly buzzed by my head, pulling me out of deep thought. I pushed back from my desk, captured the fly in a glass, and carried it toward the door to release it. The fly immediately was buzzing around excitedly, unaware, of course, that it was trapped only temporarily or that it was being transported outside, where it very likely would rather be.

Sitting back down at the computer to resume my job search, I was surprised to realize how much I was feeling like that fly must have felt. I was doing some frantic buzzing of my own. I'd recently completed my master's degree, and while I had a great summer position lined up, I needed full-time work come September. After several months of job hunting, none of my efforts appeared to have been successful.

I realized that I was not seeing my situation as a temporary one. Somewhere along the way I had lost perspective and felt stuck in a seemingly never-ending job hunt. I was reminded in that moment that what I was going through was only temporary.

It made me think of the Bible's account of Joseph. At a point in his life where everything seemed to be going very well for him, he was wrongly charged with sexual assault and sent to prison. I wondered what he might have been thinking while he was in prison. Did he have moments when he felt stuck or trapped, or where everything just felt wrong? No matter. As it turned out, there was a perfect plan in place for him all along. While there, circumstances arose for Joseph to interpret Pharaoh's dream, which led to Joseph's being placed in a top position: ruler over all the land of Egypt. As Pharaoh told Joseph, "Only in the throne will I be greater than thou" (Gen. 41:40).

When I thought about my situation with this new perspective and expanded my understanding beyond the circumstances in front of me, I realized that as with the fly held in the glass as I took it outside, my phase of being in between jobs was temporary, part of a bigger plan that would guide me to the right job. …

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