By Jiejing, Japan
I’d long heard that Japan was a really good country to go to. After I arrived in Japan in April 2015 and saw that things were pretty good there and that the people were also very polite and amiable, I wished I could find a job and settle down in Japan even more.
But then I heard someone I knew who already worked in Japan say that it was very hard for foreigners to find work there, and that it becomes much easier if one can get qualified as a real estate broker. Therefore, after graduating from my language college, I unhesitatingly chose to major in an economics degree which prioritized employment and professional qualifications, and I took qualifying to be a real estate broker as my specialized objective. After a period of hard study, I finally passed the exam.
So as to improve my chances of employment, besides obtaining my real estate license, I took exams to obtain many other licenses, and my resume became much more fleshed out. Looking at my resume, I thought to myself, “Never mind real estate companies, when other kinds of businesses see all the certificates I have, they’ll employ me for sure.” It felt wonderful to think this.
Filled with confidence, I sent my resume off to a few companies in application for jobs, but to my surprise, all I received was one rejection letter after another. I was stunned, and I thought: “But I have so many certificates, I can speak Chinese, and I can help translate for foreign business. Don’t real estate companies need people who are qualified to be real estate brokers? How come they won’t even give me a chance to interview?” I felt so dispirited and I felt as though I’d already worked so hard to earn all these certificates. If I couldn’t find a job with all these qualifications, then what other channel could possibly be open to me? I felt as though someone had poured a pail of cold water over me, and all the enthusiasm I’d previously felt had cooled significantly. I gradually lost all confidence that I would be able to find a job.
Without me realizing it, the best time to get a job had slipped by unnoticed, and many companies were no longer employing, while companies that needed foreigners were even fewer. I refused to let my hard work go to waste, however, and so I went and asked my teachers in private whether or not there were any companies employing foreigners, but I ended up feeling very disappointed. I very soon saw that, besides myself and another foreign student, everyone else in our class had found jobs. I began to fret even more, and I couldn’t help but worry about my future: “Will I be able to find a job at all if this carries on? Will I be able to stay in Japan?”
I spent the next two weeks sending out my resume, but nothing happened. I felt so dejected and troubled by this state of affairs, and I thought to myself: “What will I do if I can’t find a job at all?” The more I thought about it, the more concerned I became. Just then, I thought of God, and I hurriedly went before God to pray, asking God to calm my anxious heart and lead me through this predicament. The next day, I went to meet one of my church sisters and I told her all about my search for a job. After listening to me, she read me a passage of God’s words: “Some people choose a good major in college and end up finding a satisfactory job after graduation, making a triumphant first stride in the journey of their lives. Some people learn and master many different skills and yet never find a job that suits them or find their position, much less have a career; at the outset of their life journey they find themselves thwarted at every turn, beset by troubles, their prospects dismal and their lives uncertain. … There will always be some distance between one’s dreams and the realities that one must confront; things are never as one would like them to be, and faced with such realities people can never achieve satisfaction or contentment. Some people will even go to any length imaginable, will put forth great efforts and make great sacrifices for the sake of their livelihoods and future, in attempt to change their own fate. But in the end, even if they can realize their dreams and desires by means of their own hard work, they can never change their fates, and no matter how doggedly they try they can never exceed what destiny has allotted them. Regardless of differences in ability, IQ, and willpower, people are all equal before fate, which makes no distinction between the great and the small, the high and the low, the exalted and the mean. What occupation one pursues, what one does for a living, and how much wealth one amasses in life are not decided by one’s parents, one’s talents, one’s efforts or one’s ambitions, but are predetermined by the Creator” (“God Himself, the Unique III”).
The sister then gave fellowship, and said, “As human beings, our fates and futures are governed and arranged by God, and what kind of jobs we have and when we are able to find a job in life was all predestined long ago by God; it is simply not determined by how hard we work or by any other factor that exists in the outside world. Take a look at the people around us, for example. Some study hard and obtain all manner of graduation certificates, and they even go study abroad, and yet after graduation they remain unemployed living at home, and they don’t find a suitable job. Some people, on the other hand, achieve pretty average grades in their studies and are not highly educated, but because they possess some special skill they go on to find a good job, and some even start their own businesses and become their own bosses. We can therefore see that God rules over and arranges our fates and futures, and they are not up to us at all. We don’t recognize God’s sovereignty, however, and so even though we may believe in God, we still don’t pray or rely on God sincerely, and we don’t entrust God with the matter of finding a job nor do we submit to His sovereignty and arrangements. Instead, we believe that we have many qualifications and certificates, and that we can speak Chinese and translate foreign languages, and so we think that our own minds and calibers will be enough for us to find a good job—are we not rebelling against God by doing this? When, in our search for a job, we hit a brick wall or encounter a setback, we don’t seek God’s will, but instead we become negative and disappointed, we live in a state of distress, and the longer we follow this path, the more lost we become. Actually, it is also God who permits this kind of situation to befall us, and His good intentions are even more present therein. God uses these setbacks and failures to urge us to reflect on and know ourselves, to experience and recognize God’s sovereignty in such situations, to learn to rely on God in all things, and to submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. Therefore, as we search for a job, we have to pray and rely on God more often, seek God’s guidance, and trust that everything God arranges for us is always what is most right for us, and that all we have to do is undergo it calmly.”