In February of 1995, the company where I worked had to downsize. I was among
the group of people who lost their jobs at that time. I had conflicting
feelngs about it, because I hadn't really enjoyed working there, yet I was
worried about what would become of me after that. Yet several things
comforted me during that time.
At that time, "God is in Control" by
Twila Paris was a very popular song on the local Christian radio
station. This was just the message I needed. God also reminded me of the
words of Abraham to Isaac as he prepared to obey God's command to sacrifice
the son He had promised. "God Himself will provide..."
(Genesis 22:8). I believed that God would indeed guide me into the job
where He wanted me to be.
It was over a year later that God did provide me with a job. During that
year, there were times when I felt worried -- even panicked -- because I
still had no job. My savings were dwindling. But that year was also an
important time of spiritual growth. God used the time to instruct me in the
ways of righteousness, wisdom, and faith. And when He had determined that
it was time, He gave me a job.
That was not the end of the matter, though. There were more lessons to come.
I was hired by a temporary agency and placed in a job which I absolutely
loved. After about six months, there were significant changes in the
company's needs and the position was opened as a permanent job. Since I was
performing the work at the time, I was surprised to find out that, in the
opinion of my supervisor, I was unqualified for the job. This disappointed
me, and made me fairly upset.
God was busy working in my heart, though. He showed me once more that He is
in control. I submitted the situation to Him, telling Him that I knew He
would place me exactly where He wanted me. I told Him that whatever that new
position might be, I wanted to accept it and learn from it. The position was
filled, but I was allowed to remain in the position as a replacement for a
co-worker who was out on sick leave.
After I submitted it all to God, I no longer had reason to worry. I knew He
would supply me with another job, and that He was going to take care of my
every need. I rested confidently in the knowledge that it was all being
handled by Someone who was loving and very capable.
I was a little surprised but very delighted to learn that a second position
was opening up shortly after that, and that I was being considered as a
candidate. I again submitted the situation to God, knowing that He would
place me where He wanted me -- whether it was this position or not. As it
happened, I was suddenly now qualified for the open position and I was hired
into the position.
Every event related to this situation was controlled and orchestrated by God
in His great provision for my life. He taught me a great deal through this
situation, and made His actions very clear a real in my life. He is willing
to do this in the life of anyone who is willing to seek His guidance.
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