I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I last posted. I needed to write this update to proclaim God’s goodness. The Lord provides and I thank Him for providing me a job.
The last 3 months were not easy but sometimes God makes us rest. Sometimes he needs to break us down or tap us on the shoulder to remind us of our need for Him and our dependence on Him. My goal was to continue to post during the storm, but looking for a job was a job and after being in front of the computer for so long each day, the last thing I wanted to do was blog. I had good intentions, no follow through. My apologies!
My prayer throughout these past month’s has been for God to open the door He wants me to go through and close all the others. He did precisely that.
The job I took was in all honesty not my first choice. As a matter of fact I wasn’t trying to take this job at all. Let me explain.
You see the last job I had was an almost $20,000 pay cut for me, but I took that job because of family needs at that time. The job I ended up taking, I was called for and actually interviewed for it a month before I was laid off. It was a local opening working at night, and I thought it would be a great side job for extra income, the pay was no where near the salary I was willing to work for for a full time position. It didn’t pan out and they did not offer me the job.
Then I got laid off. I pounded the pavement, (or should I say surfed the internet!) After a few weeks, I was pretty much promised a job after an interview that would have put me back in the salary range that I was used to, BUT it would have been a 2 hour commute each way. I didn’t care though – I’d be back where I used to be salary wise. Then the side local side job I wanted called me back but I didn’t want to take the local job at night for what they were paying. At last minute (as God would have it) they put that position on hold.
As I was debating and praying if I should take the local job. I was like “God,really? A $20,000 pay cut again? Nights?” But when you pray and ask God for something and he provides it, you can’t say “God I don’t want this one” There were possibilities for other offers and contracts for way more money but they were all out of town (some out the country!) But the Lord provided this position and it’s just 8 miles down the road.
God works in mysterious ways. After three months that job called me again because they hired a few people in that time that didn’t work out. Originally I was going to do it as a side job but only God knew that it was going to be my job.
We never know what God has planned for us or how He will work things out in our favor. One of my favorite Bible quotes is Jeremiah 29:11-13:
11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (NLT)
Dueteronomy 31:8 says: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (NIV)
So I trust and I wait to see why He has me where I am. Living a submitted life provides much adventure because you never know what the day will bring, You can be assured that God goes before you and knows what your day will be before you even wake so we need to trust that whatever may come, He has allowed it and will work it out for our good.
This is easier said than done. It is hard to understand for us as humans because we cannot see the future. He who holds time in His hand knows and it will be revealed to us in His time not ours. One thing I know is that during my time of unemployment He never left me. He never abandoned me. My gas tank was never full, but it was never empty. The refrigerator was never stocked, but I never went hungry. I had no money for the things I wanted, but I had what I needed. The Lord provides.
Living life on God’s terms and not your own is not easy but it’s humbling and rewarding at the same time. You appreciate things more and you do more with less. I’m thankful for His blessings and his constant refining process in my life.
Stay encouraged my brothers and sisters for Emmanuel (God with us) remains true to His promises Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.