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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: Here We Go Again
By Barbie Jones


As I sat at my computer reading through a week’s, worth of emails, it felt good to be back at work. My schedule had been interrupted by a sick adult daughter, who needed a little TLC from mama. I dropped everything and flew to Florida. I went, believing in God, for my child’s healing.

Much had happened at work during my week in Florida. I’d received a phone call from a co-worker with shocking news. Wave two of a mass layoff had taken place. I knew changes were taking place and I expected them, but in someone else’s department. Her news was disheartening, but I fought off fear for an entire week.

I sighed with relief as I read email number six. Maybe I was safe in the midst of the storm that raged around me. Surely, God would give me favor and I would not be touched by the layoff. After all I had already gone through two layoffs in the past five years. My Lord would not cause me to travel that road again so soon.

In the twenty plus years of being in the work force, I experience a lay off only once and it was because I worked for a small family owned company. Normally job changes occurred when I wanted them to.

As an elder in the church, a tither and a giver, why in the world would I expect God to turn my world upside down again by removing the security of a job. Not once, but three times in five years.

My mind had conveniently blocked out how God tried to prepare me for what was to come, prior to my trip to Florida by telling me to take home some of my personal belongings. He didn’t cause it but loved me enough to help me deal with the inevitable.

I did not know as I prepared to click on email number seven that my employment situation was about to drastically change again. I read the email and my heart lurched in my chest. Surely this email was sent to me in error. It was not possible that I would only have a job for one more day.

Alas, the email was not sent in error. The storm that raged around me had infiltrated the walls of peace that had been erected by job security. The winds of change blew upon my emotions causing nausea, fear and then anger to arise in my soul. This could not be happening to me again – but oh, it was.

“Why is this happening to me again? What are you doing NOW Lord?” I cried out in anguish. All I heard was “Trust me.” It wasn’t fair. But then again it wasn’t meant to be. God wanted me to put my trust in him, not my employer. When I cried out to him again, this time for guidance and help, He arose… rebuked the fear and anger in my raging emotions. The same way he arose in Luke 8:24. They ceased and then there arose personal peace that calmed my soul.

To date, my child is healed.

I still don’t have a permanent employer with medical benefits and a 401K, but I do have my peace that no man can take. I also serve a God that can do exceeding and abundantly above what I can imagine or ask as long as I trust Him.

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Bonnie Derksen06/09/06
My husband and I have weathered many layoffs and job changes over the years and so I understand the depth of emotions you described. It is always so cool to hear God's kids testifying to His staying power in the midst of these kinds of difficulties. Way to declare His goodness to you, His daughter. Good job.
Virginia Gorg06/13/06
I, too, have been hit by a layoff. Although I'm working now, it's not nearly the job of 2.5 years ago. But I persevere, only through Christ. BTW - was the layoff really done through emails? That stinks!!