A little over a month ago, I received a call from the boss of my company informing me that I was being “released” from my job as the Coordinator for Marketing & Business Development. I remember hanging up the phone and getting on my knees and crying out to God, “I don’t know what to do.” While beginning to look for another job was obvious, there were other battles I was facing.
While losing the job was hard, informing my wife was even harder, especially knowing that we have a baby on the way. With finances already tight with added medical bills, I was afraid to tell my wife because I did not want to add pressure to what we were already facing. I talked to my father and a few accountability partners about the situation asking them: Do I tell my wife or just hope to find a new job quickly?
The response I got was not the one I was hoping for. I was told that I needed to tell my wife immediately about the unfortunate news. With my stomach in knots and a lack of appetite (an extreme rarity for me), I broke the news to my wife. While my expectation was that she would crumble emotionally, her response was the opposite. She actually encouraged me by saying “It’s ok, you’ll find something else.” Here I was spending countless hours sick to my stomach over the response I thought she was going to have only to find out that it was handled with grace. While the storybook ending would end by me saying that I am now employed full-time with a great income, it’s not the truth.
I’m not writing to share how God will get you a job as soon as you lose one because that’s not always the case. I’m writing to remind you not to worry because God is faithful and will provide your needs. Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-27:
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Although I am still looking for full-time employment, God has reminded me through this situation that he “our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Regardless of the trial that you find yourself in, remind yourself of God’s faithfulness.
So what do you do when you don’t know what to do?
Pray (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7)
Trust God’s Faithfulness (Matthew 6:25-34; 2 Timothy 2:13)
Press on (Philippians 3:13-14)
– Stuart Richardson
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