Either you missed the casting call or didn’t make the cut. You saw yourself on the stage dropping diamonds and picking up roses but somehow you’re not on it. You are, however, subjected to listen to someone else read the same lines you rehearsed and delivered with conviction.
What do you do when your life is not where you thought it would be? What do you do when the expensive education, that you haven’t even paid off yet, hasn’t been properly used? What do you do when someone else gets the gig you wanted while you have to watch from the sidelines?
The quicker you come to terms with the fact that they missed out on your hidden talent, the better.
Now you’re just an observer in the audience BUT that doesn’t mean you have to sit in the mezzanine, or worse, watch it on a monitor in the lobby. It’s your choice to sit and throw peanuts from the cheap seats.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Your best material can come from the comment section.
Sure, it’s not the position you wanted but you still have much too say… from a different platform. The comment section on sites like WordPress, Reddit, or Youtube can be a scary place but is also home of some of the best thoughts and ideas on the internet.
Secondly, and most importantly…
Wait on God.
A wise Scott Hubbard, by way of Desiring God, said,
“Almost every area of modern life trains us in the art of impatience. Our culture and (social) media cultivate our taste for ease, comfort, and instant gratification. So when God tells us to wait far longer than we expected for marriage, children, a job, or some other dream, how do we avoid becoming like Israel’s wilderness wanderers, who “became impatient on the way” and “spoke against God” (Numbers 21:4–5)? … We need God to strengthen us with patience… Patience is the power to press on through difficulties, discouragements, and detours with a heart full of faith and a mouth full of praise… Patience is the strength of Joseph, who spent the best years of his life in a dungeon, and came out saying, “God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Patience enables us to look at all our frustrations and detours, and say to God, “I don’t know what you’re doing, Father. I don’t want to be in this place. I never thought I’d be in this place. But you are wise and good, and I trust that you are working something wonderful. Strengthen me to wait patiently.”
God is second to none in recruiting, training, internships, and ultimately job placement. Maybe God is sparing you from what would be an underwhelming experience compared to what He’s preparing you for. While you’re waiting, don’t be a bitter Betty and sneer at every act that doesn’t feature you. Lead from where you’re at, wait on God to place you, and develop a heart of patient gratitude for what you have right now.
I heard a wise man once say, “If all I have is all I’ll ever receive, I still have more than I’ll ever deserve.”
“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.”