About four months ago, I lost my job. I had thought this was the perfect job for me too! The job fell in my area of expertise and paid well. Not only that, but I was able to working reasonable hours in a great atmosphere. I had some nice co-workers, and was able to fellowship with the senior residents.
Unfortunately, because of a mistake I had made and some other issues that I had encountered with my employer, I was released from this place of employment. It came as a surprise to me and was also quite devastating at the time. I had made many plans for the next few months, even leading up to the next two years. It’s so funny how we think at times. When everything is going well and we have our plans all lined up, we seem to think that our lives are secure. Then God opens our eyes and we realize that what we thought was stable was actually not. At this point in my life, I found myself wondering why things ended the way they did.
I think this is along the lines of how many of us may think, when something unexpected happens. However, after I spent some time in reflection and prayer, I realized a whole new meaning to the passage, where Job says: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.” (Job 1:21) It began to speak to my heart on a whole new level. Yes, I had made a mistake, and yes, I had been angry because of the mistake made on my employer’s behalf, but I also realized that if a door had closed, God could open a new door. That experience truly taught me that I needed to depend on God for everything, because we live in a world where there are so many uncertainties.
As I write this, I am still looking for full-time work. To be honest, many other challenges have also come my way, but I am learning to smile through the tears. What this means is that though I have had my hardships, I will continue to move forward in this journey of life, find beauty in the struggle and daily grow in my character and walk with God. At times, when you feel like everything is going wrong, take a moment to see the bigger picture. Life will often present us with many challenges, but when we do experience them, we need to get up and keep going. We need to keep fighting. In retrospect, we may see how God worked through those challenges as well as how much we learned in the process. It’s not so easy to grow on the mountain-tops; we grow in the valleys.
Every day that comes to us is a test. Will we pass? Will we give up…or will we get up? God has proven Himself faithful in my life. Even though I don’t have a steady job, I have never been hungry or lacked anything. I wholeheartedly believe the words of Psalm 37, when David says: “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” (verse 25)
When I look back on my life, I want to proclaim to others: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
I pray you may remember Paul’s encouragement to “not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)
The struggle can be beautiful. How will you choose to view it?
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