One thing I hear consistently? Networking is essential. That meeting that "one right connection" can change your life, your career, your relationship. Like most 20-somethings, we're on this so-called journey of life trying to find peace at home, peace financially and peace within.
And it's true. Sometimes it takes meeting that one person that can change your life in an instant. A lot of it has to do with timing, but a person can make such a huge difference in your life.
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”
One connection I've had, personally, is one with God. It's such an interesting relationship, but a very satisfying one. One thing I enjoy most about it? It's not a bunch of talk. Actually, none of it is talk. It's all action from Him, which is something very important to me. I've met a lot of people here in Los Angeles who make promises that they will not keep or fulfill, whether it be submitting a resume, getting me on-camera or even introducing me to that "right" connection.
It really is hurtful when people say things and don't follow through, no matter what part of your life it comes from. I'm all about accountability, so personally, I have trouble maintaining relationships with people who are "flakey" or whose actions aren't consistent with what say.
Even when I'm feeling alone or distant from people in my life, I'm comforted by the fact that God knows everything I'm going through and is making plans for me behind the scenes. He knows everything I've gone through and am going to go through, and it's all to help me live the life He has planned. Isn't that cool to think about? When you're down, you're feeling broken or lost or maybe you can't pinpoint how you're feeling, there's someone there who feels the pain or complacency with you and reassures that it's all going to be okay. Very neat.
I'm not saying it's not a struggle. There are times where it's really, really difficult to remain at peace when things go on in your life that you don't understand, or that are hurtful. Really difficult. But I like this verse in Mark (1:16-20):
"As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed him."
"When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him."
Simon and Andrew didn't ask Jesus why. They just did as he said and followed him. James and John even left their own father, alone in a boat, to follow Jesus. No questions, no concerns. They just hopefully and confidently followed Jesus.
The rest of the book goes on to describe how Jesus rid a man of impure spirit, healed those with disease; how he knew what others were thinking in their hearts (good and bad). He also says something that should resonate with everyone, Mark 2:17: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." He helped those in need, but he also helped those who welcomed them in their heart.
Before healing a 12-year-old girl, whose fate seemed dismal, he told those worried, "Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36) Everyone thought she was dead, but Jesus commanded her to rise and she did. She was "just asleep," according to Jesus. Everyone else saw her one way, but Jesus saw her another.
Mark is such a great chapter because Jesus does so many amazing things in it. He walks on water. He heals a man with leprosy, he raises someone from the dead. But remember that John, James, Andrew and Simon were all summoned by Jesus, and Jesus said that they would "fish for people." They did fish for people, as they went out and tried to reel others in with the gospel.
Eventually in the chapter, Jesus feeds 5,000 with simply two loaves of bread and two fish. The 5,000 people ate until they were full and even had leftovers!
These people that he interacted with were all satisfied and then some. They gave their faith to God and He provided.
If you're worried about finding and making that right connection, hopefully you'll realize you have the right One on your side already. The rest is just a cherry on top.