“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
There is no escape from trouble, for we all have a date with it sometime, somewhere, and in some form.
Trouble comes in many forms: financial; an unfaithful spouse; a critical illness; the loss of a loved one; the list could go on and on.
Trouble came knocking at my door a few years ago bringing to me the loss of my job. For the first time in 26 years I was unemployed. Instead of trusting God as my provider and that He would meet all of my needs according to His riches in glory I let worry and fear come in. I saw my future as someone who would never find another job, homeless and living under a bridge somewhere. When you run on your emotions these kind of scenes can play over and over in your mind.
But God’s Word tells us:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I knew to get off the emotional roller coaster I was on I had to give my worry and fear to God. How do you do that? By letting go of it and talking to Him about what you are afraid of and what you are worried about. Tell Him what you need. That’s what I did. I asked God to help me find a job.
When I began my job search I found so much had changed. You now applied for a job online, so the resume that I had typed on the typewriter 26 years ago was obsolete. I know some of you reading this don’t even know what a typewriter is. I also discovered that the computer scans your resume for certain words to determine if you are a potential hire. Through my small group I met Jacqueline who did resumes and cover letters for a living and was happy to update mine.
At this point in my job search I had peace knowing that I was doing all I could do and what I could not do God was sending people to help me. But what He was about to do went beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
I had emailed my resume to an employment agency about a job they had listed online. They called and wanted me to come talk to them about the position, but it ended up being too far to drive from my home. A week later I got a call from the employment agency telling me they had sent my resume to one of their clients and they wanted to interview me. Now this employment agency claims they do not send your resume to any company without your consent. Since I had not done that I was convinced they had called the wrong person, but I agreed to go to the interview because I needed the practice.
I go to the interview and I am sitting there listening to these two ladies tell me about the position, all the while looking to see if the resume that was in front of them was actually mine and to my surprise it was. As they explained the position to me most of it I had never done before and some of the software I had never even heard of. At the end of the interview they said we would like you to take an accounting test before you leave. I left there thinking I will never hear from them again.
Five days later I received a job offer from them that was beyond amazing! There was no question that this job was from God and it was His plan for me.
I know what God did for me He will do for you in whatever trouble you are facing. Receive His peace. Ask Him to help strengthen you today,
He is so close you need only whisper His name.
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football, and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.