Finding God in the Uncertainty of Unemployment

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A round of layoffs found me on the “axe” list. I was laid off the end of November, after almost nine years.

Honestly? I’m feeling All. the. Feelings. 

Humbled. Because there’s a bit of pride at work here. When hundreds of others were deemed worth keeping, but I wasn’t.

Displaced. I’ve had a job since I was 14. It’s tough to transition to being unemployed after being part of the workforce for so many years.

Unsure. I’m a planner and a doer. Not knowing what’s next makes my palms sweat. Not ‘doing’ almost makes me break out in hives. Combine these two and I’m almost in full blown panic mode.

But I’m finding a quiet beauty here with margin in my schedule.

I have time.

To sit before God

To do a weekly Bible study with one of my girls

To volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center

To be still

As I process the myriad of feelings and thoughts that threaten to overwhelm me, I feel God nudging me, asking me,

“Daughter, do you trust Me?”

My heart cries out, “Yes, Lord, I trust You!”

He responds,

“Be still. Know that I am God. Trust the plans I have for you.”

Y’all, I don’t know what God has planned for our lives. but when we don’t have all the answers, we can trust He does.

His love for us is unfailing and we can have faith He will guide us and grow us during our times of uncertainty.

Are you going through an uncertain time? Is life overwhelming you?

I’d be honored to pray for you, just comment below. If you’re not comfortable sharing details of your prayer request, just reply “unspoken.”

God knows every detail and we can let His peace calm our anxious souls.

Lord, thank You that Your plans are good and perfect. We want Your best for our lives and we want to take the time to seek You in all things. Help us be still before You and trust Your purpose. We love you, Jesus. Amen.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

5 thoughts on “Finding God in the Uncertainty of Unemployment

  1. So sorry to hear you’ve lost your job . . . however, so glad to hear that you are using this time to spend time with the Lord and doing His work. Great Bible verses to cling to. Love ya girl!

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  2. Be still and Let “God”. Doors close and doors open to us throughout our life. Sometimes we choose the wrong door because we did not let God into our hearts and our choice. You have lots of support with your family and friends and in return you are supporting others. Take this time to really think about new beginnings. Don’t dwell on the past but be happy with your faith. Love you and send all my prayers. Tia Felicia

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  3. It is an honor to be able to read these words you have chosen to share with us. Your message is right in line with some of our life situations. So proud of you.

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  4. You have such a wonderful talent in writing. I know how this feels. My lay-off came much earlier in life and I was fortunate to find new employment rather quickly. I was distant from God at that time and, looking back can see all that He did and the path that got me where I am today. In the past year, we decided to return to the north Ga/southern TN area to be in a closer proximity to our families but to hopefully find a small area to make a small farm. We had finally gotten into a thriving relationship with God and I let go of all control (those sweaty palms you mentioned) and said, “if it’s meant to be, He will show us”. The scariest part was letting go. The salary change was shocking, but I accepted and had to pack and move even before listing our home. My job was starting soon and my husband had to pack up our stuff and move our home alone. I did not have one moment of panic or anxiety throughout the whole process. It was my first time feeling “the peace that passes all understanding”! Who knew?! I look at these past 8-9 months in awe. While living in a rental home, we’ve begun our search for our ideal home and property. We’ve seen God put His hand down and tell us “no” on what I felt was the perfect place (I pouted a little). We are now contracted on a home with acreage that is more than what we had hoped for and for a lot less money! I put this in God’s hand before we even arrived at the home to view it and there has not been a single hiccup or moment of questioning the decision. God had His own plan, I just had to trust it and I’m learning that more and more every day. We should move into our new home in less than a month. We already have picked the perfect place for my chickens and maybe a few goats. I will continue to pray that God uses you in a way that is pleasing and rewarding. Feel free to add me to your prayers as well.

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