Have you ever had one of those days where you look back at your life (or past year) and realize that everything that you wanted to do you didn’t? Well I am having one of those mornings and I must say…2012 has got to be better.
Do you mind if I vent a little and let off some pressure?
My family is in a season of unemployment right now, my husband has been laid off for two years now. Yes he has done odd jobs here and there and has gone on multiple interviews but has been turned down for some of the smallest jobs due to “over qualification”. I had no idea there was such a term. Now, I look back and remember reading an article about the U.S. unemployment rate and thought about how this could have happened to our family?
I mean, just three and a half years ago, we were sitting on a nice nest egg, fully insured and in the process of closing on our first home…Then it happened. The week before closing there was a major lay off and my hubby was included. I thought my world had shattered. We could not by our first home…I was crushed.
We then became a product of the unemployment percentage and it has been and up and down hill battle for the past two years. But when I look at it in a positive light. God used this time and season of unemployment for HIS good because now, things that I use to look at being good did not matter to me any more. Although we had lost our rental home and had to move in with my parents for a while…we even went through a period of homelessness (two weeks to be exact) to sometimes not even having food to eat. But GOD provided for us. This scripture always come to mind when I think about it:
26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In reading and reflecting on this scripture, it also helps me to understand that God in fact, WILL provide for us.
Although we are still going through this “season”, it has also allowed me to look at it in a new perspective and as a new opportunity. Maybe our Father is trying to tell us something…I do know one thing though…2012 holds a lot of great things for our family and I am excited about the things to come. Thank you for allowing my to share my heart with you on this day. ~God Bless~
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