I don’t know if any of you have ever been downsized at work, but it’s not the most fun thing in the world. In fact, the emotions and thought processes are very similar to a breakup: you envision the perfect argument (after the fact, of course), wonder how long they knew, what you could have done differently, why you didn’t get to do the dumping first. Rejection. Even when they say “it’s not you, it’s me”, and you know it’s for the best, at the end of the day, it still hurts your feelings.
But after you spend a few days wallowing in New Girl and Double Stuf Oreos, you get yourself together and start reflecting on the positives. In my case, it is so obvious to me how God has been working on my behalf even in these less than ideal circumstances, that I can’t help but be encouraged and excited about what’s next (also, moving to the perfect city helps). Here are a few of those things:
- I actually had a dream a week before my position was eliminated that it happened. There have been at least 4 times in my life where God has warned me about something through a dream. Of course, I don’t recognize it and assume my subconscious is just in overdrive. But, when my dream actually happens, I find encouragement in knowing that God knew all along. It’s like a hind-sight way for Him to remind me that He’s got it under control.
- My leasing office worked with me. This is a miracle, as anyone who’s ever rented an apartment knows. Those agreements are ironclad, and when they say 60 day notice, they mean 60 day notice. And the penalties for breaking the lease are hefty. But, my lease was already set to expire October 14 – nothing to break, and they even waived my 60 day requirement, bringing it down to 30, which released me of further financial obligation while giving me enough time to pack and get everything in order.
- Maybe the most significant of these points (which are obviously in no particular order) is that I’d been praying about moving, anyway. Georgia and I have never been a good fit, and I was considering not renewing my lease. But, I didn’t want to “run away from my problems”, and I wasn’t sure if this was my idea or God’s. So, I just prayed, and as the days got closer to my lease renewal date, got a little nervous about when God was going to answer (and what He was going to say…) Well, per usual, He answered right on time, and even gave me the answer I wanted, if not in the way I was expecting.
I could go on, but that’s enough for now. Bottom line, God is faithful. He gave me a verse once: Isaiah 60:22 – “In its time, I will do this swiftly.” While there was a specific application of that at the moment, He’s reminded me of it a couple more times since – now, being one of them. I’d say 27 days from downsizing to Nashville is pretty swift, especially when it came completely out of the blue. While I don’t ever know when “its time” is going to be, it’s kind of exciting to watch things unfold so quickly before my eyes.
What are you praying and believing God for? Has He given you promises about it? Have you ever seen God just “swiftly” take care of things for you – were they in the way you expected? I’d love to hear your stories, too. I hope mine encourages you, but if nothing else, writing it all out re-encouraged me. So, thank you. 🙂