One of my worst fears has come true. I find myself unemployed for the first time in 36 years. I spent the last 21 years at my previous employer, who terminated me and many others due to reorganization. I knew this day was coming as they shared the news with us back in May, and now it's October. I've been searching for a job ever since May.
I have been up and down with God. I will admit that shamefully. I want to believe this is a time of growing my faith and God teaching me to overcome any of my fears, no matter how big or small. I have to be willing to turn my fears over to Him. Surrendering all of this to God is proving to be more challenging than I imagined.
Why is it so easy to encourage others, but when it's something I'm facing, I can't seem to encourage myself? I believe this is the meaning of Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another." I am receiving encouragement from people I never expected I would. They help me immensely to stay on the right path and keep my eyes on God and His plan for me. Never underestimate the power of words or deeds. It is true that when someone is struggling, it helps them to know they are not alone and that someone genuinely cares. Knowing others have struggled, and God brought them through just as He will do for me.
My younger sister recommended a song that has helped me during this time. The song is "Haven't Seen It Yet" by Danny Gokey. It's helped me to realize that God is not done with me yet. Just because I don't have my answer, and nothing has changed for months, God has a plan, and He will complete that plan. I'm still holding on to Jesus. I know what He can do. What He has done for others, He will do for me too. He loves me too much to leave me where I am.
He loves and cares for you too. No matter what you're facing, trust that He will complete His work in you also. Just because we haven't seen it yet, doesn't mean He's not still working on our behalf.
Have you been praying and you still have no answers?