So one week ago today, I received some startling news. It seems that the church where I work has, like so many others, finally succumbed to the economic downturn, necessitating budget cuts. These cuts included layoffs, and one of the eliminated positions was mine. Along with budget management, I suspect some “reprioritization” as well. Which is neither here nor there, as God ultimately moves people in and out of positions as needed according to his plan, not the plans of men.
God, of course, already knew this would be happening, and had thoughtfully arranged for a long-time friend to come the weekend before to stay with me. So along with having someone to talk to about things, I’ve actually been quite busy having dinner with friends, going to movies, shopping, etc.
This is not the first time I’ve been in this situation. (I worked in advertising for years where layoffs are almost a way of life.) I also documented a previous period of unemployment on this blog. Just glancing through those posts was an encouraging reminder of God’s provision.
So stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted on this new journey. As I wrote more than two years ago:
“A lot of life is lived between here and “there.” “There” being somewhere else we want to be. As singles, many of us want to be married. Most people want to achieve, impact, succeed, make a difference. It’s how we live in the in-between and deal with the challenges that shows what we really believe, and who we really are.”