Imagine losing your career—everything you’ve worked toward for thirty years. You are a few years away from retirement and have finally built up a 401k, savings and investments. Then HR meets with you and 62 other people one day and tells you to pack your office and go home.
Of course you worked in an industry that is failing across the nation and jobs are as scarce as a four leaf clover.
Then your family tells you they have not liked you for years and there is no support for you to move back home.
Church clergy and friends tell you that you must not have enough faith in God.
Your church family makes fun of your choice to return to college to get a new degree telling you that you are too old to join a fraternity.
Friends who once hung out with you won’t because you can’t afford the fancy restaurants and they don’t like Wendy’s.
Job rejections show up daily in the mailbox and email. You cry at night and struggle to rise each day.
You cash in your retirement accounts and shop the local thrift stores for bargains.
You cash in your CDs and pray for a miracle in the mail.
You decide you will go anywhere just to have work. Even Minnesota and you hate the cold.
Finally, it’s time. Choices are gone. You put the home you have loved up for sale without knowing where to go but you know you have to go somewhere. You are broke both financially and spiritually.
Then it happens. Four years to the day. A job. You have two weeks to pack up your home, drive across the country to a strange town and new state and try to start over.
God points the way to a new church.
The people are kind and friendly. They reach out.
But you have been hurt and rejected in the past years. How do you trust again and start over?
You just do. Because with all this loss, there was one loss we didn’t endure.
God’s faithfulness and love.
Is He there for you today?