Tuesday, March 3, 2009

{ Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! }

{That's a reference to a David Bowie song ;-) }

Last June, in the last week of June, Justin came home early. He had lost his job. It was devastating to us both. Justin had {grown to} love{d} his job and I had just left for {permanent} maternity leave and was a few weeks from having a baby. It was unexpected and threw us for a loop. When it happened, I freaked out. But only for an hour or two. Then I did what I do in devastating situations, I sat down {specificaly, in the bath tub} and prayed.

I turned to the Bible, ashamed that I found myself {for the millionth time in my life} turning to God now that trouble had come again, instead of being close and turned toward Him in the first place. It's sorta like it dawned on me at one point that day, "Oh yeah, God is here! He can help us..."

I specifically remember reading {over and over and over} many verses that comforted me. These are a *few* of them, a few of my very favorites. I love them because they show what kind of God my God is. He is so loving.

Psalm 37:39
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Psalm 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous fall.
Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Matthew 6:19-34
I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
Those last two are particular favorites of mine. They pretty much erase any shred of worry in my heart everytime I read them.

But anyway, the point being, in our troubles, we grew closer to God. Our relationship with God deepened and became more real. {Perhaps this is sometimes why God permits things like this to happen to His children?} Guess what? About 9 months later I sit here looking back. We got through it. It's been rough, very rough at times. This economy is crashing around us, but we're still okay. There's a roof over our head still and food in our cupboards and gas in our cars. Even though back then I had no idea how we'd ever get through having a baby without jobs.

Today, Justin came home from work early.

Again.

This time it wasn't devastating. This time we were expecting it. Things had been going down hill with his job for a while now. From our point of view, there were some unrealistic expectations coming from his employer. It's a long story and there's lots of details I don't have time to indulge in. To give you a general idea, Justin wasn't willing to work 6 days a week without getting paid overtime - and several days a week were already 10-12 hour days. He worked 6 months there without seeing a dime of the commission he was supposed to get. We're semi-sure they've been trying to drive him away for a little while anyway, as their sales have dropped {not surprisingly since they refuse to spend a penny on advertising}. And they made it clear they felt like they were over paying my husband, which is almost offensive since they were paying him about half of what Justin said he needed to make when he first interviewed with this company {if they weren't willing, why'd they hire him?} Things along those lines...

Unlike the last time he lost his job, this time I'm really proud of him. I think this change is going to be good. And also unlike the last time he lost his job, this time we weren't so caught off guard. We've been seeing this one coming. So luckily, when Justin was officially "let go" earlier this morning he already had several resumes out there.

And tonite we're also thanking God. Justin's networking skills has already earned him an interview with a very reputable competitor of his previous employer. A rep for a product Justin loves selling and has been certified to sell and install at another previous job gave a wonderful recommendation to the owner of this business. About six hours after Justin got "let go", he had an interview scheduled for a job at a company he's had his eye on for a while now. Awesome.

Maybe he'll get the job, maybe he won't. But we're calm. We know things will work out. We know God is on our side and He promises to take care of us. With that knowledge that God is watching out for us {and proof, in my opinion, when I look back at how we got through this last time}, life can't get much better.

3 comments:

  1. And don't forget this one: "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes"~~Romans 8:28

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  2. I hope everything works out H. I will be praying for you...

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  3. I'm glad to hear you are at peace and are able to find comfort in the fact that you know God will see you through the situation. I will be praying for Justin you and Eisley.

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