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Unemployment was something I heard about only in my junior school or in the media, not something I was personally concerned with at least not until the lastTuesday, of April in the Connors family. My sister, Maxine and I arrived home from school at the same time. As soon as we saw Dad and Mom sittingat the kitchen table, drinking coffee, we knew something was wrong. They didn’t say what it was, however, until my brother Jonathan, who is in junior high school, came home about five minutes later. Then Dad said, “I lost my job.” “Why, Dad?” Maxine asked.” Well things are getting more expensive all the time, so people are buying less and less. Plastic furniture is not a necessity of life. It’s as simple as that.” “If things don’t get better,” Dad explained, “I have afeeling the company will close down completely.” “Can’t you get another job, Dad?” Jonathan asked, concerned. Mom answered, “Sure, Jonathan, we expectDad to get another job. He has a skill many factories need, but he certainly won’t be getting paid the same as he made at Leisure Company after working there seventeen years.” Jonathan tried to grasp that. “We won’t be poor, willwe?” Maybe for a while, Jonathan, Dad said. We all were quite then Mom got up to prepare dinner. At dinnertime we gathered back at the table. “Kids,” Dad said, “Mom and I have been talking. We’re going to have a dig into our Malaysian fund. You better count the trip out, at least for this year.” There was a shock from all three of us kids. We had been planning the Malaysian vacation for two years. Half of my baby-sitting money had gone into the fund. Ourmonth-long trip was completely planned. “Why’d God let this happen to us?” Jonathan demanded. I expected Dad to be angry, but instead he responded gently. “Don’t blame God, Jonathan. This world is in a confused state, true but man’s done it to himself because of his sinfulness. It is man’s confusion,man’s problems that made it this way. God can give us the patience to be joyful through any trouble.” “But, Dad, we’ve planned so long on going to Malaysia!” “Right, but there are more important things in life than a vacation, Jonathan.” “Well, I can think of any right now, “ Jonathan, said rebelliously as hegot up from his chair and went to his room. “Dad turned to his daughters instead, “Karen, Maxine, I realize this is hard on you too. We’ve worked together as a family for this trip, and you girls have contributed your share of money. “We understand, Dad. Later in the night, Maxine said to Karen, do you think we really will be poor, Karen?” “Not really poor, Maxine; of course not. It’ll be hard, though, we won’t have all the things we’ve beenused to. Maxine was silent for a moment and then she said, You know that verse in Philippians 4: 19, ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to hisriches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ It really applied to our situation right now, Karen” I wrote down some of the things we’d probably give up; picnics at the beach, weekly dinners at the park, new clothes, remodeling the family room. I asked the Lord to help me not to be bitter; but it didn’t help because I wasn’t willing to change my attitude. The next couple of weeks weren’t easy. Ate the same kind of food and wore the same clothes, but there was no change. Everyday Dad would go looking for a job. And every night he’d come home disappointed and discouraged. Every night we’d pray together for the Lord’s will to be done. I think Mom in her quiet, closet was willing to wait; but the rest of us were impatient for a solution. Even Maxine, who had painted Philippians 4: 19 on poster board and hung it on the wall, seemed to be getting despondent. I was bitter, but outwardly I still tried to act the mature child. Jonathan was outright angry. And Dad, watching us, became more discouraged. It certainly wasn’t a testimony for a Christian family. One morning Dad and Mom were attending meeting at church and we kids were home. I was upstairs in my room reading, and downstairs Maxine and Jonathan were watching TV. Suddenly I heard Jonathan say, “Oh, nuts!” And Maxine screamed at him. I ran downstairs “what in the world is going on?” “The TV broke,” Maxine said, “I think it’s the picture tube” Jonathan answered, “And you know we can’t afford to get it fixed, we can’t have anything anymore,” All the bills in Dad’s hand are yet to pay, Dad had to pay your bill, dentist $70, $120 for contact and your senior picture in school was $55. Two hundred forty-five dollars worth of bills all just for you. “Oh Lord,” I prayed silently, forgive me for being bitter. I don’t mean to be. I’m sure it is a lot harder for Dad and Mom than it is for us kids. Help us not to give them a hard time.” Sometime in life, God want those things to happens most especially His children so that learn something out of it. Have you ever asked yourself this question? Why did God allow Satan to tempt Job? Learn from this testimony, A friend of mine lost his job a week to his wedding day. You see, God walks in a mysterious way; because he lost his job is not for life, what attempting situation? He saw a better job two month after his wedding 3 times better than the former one. That is a spiritual promotion. The Connor’s family eats out the good of the land. A friend of him who has travel was looking for him to be his Manager in his furniture company in the same town where he lived pay him twice as the other job, what a testimony. The Connors’ family was back richer than before and they are in the rich class.

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