Have you ever been fired, laid off, terminated, let go, downsized, right sized? Pick a term. It all means that same thing and places us in the same place. Without a paycheck and in the unemployment line. There may be some of us out there who can see the blessing immediately and never look back. But for a lot of us, you’ll go through what I went through. I remember the day so well. It was November 5, 2012. And I was blindsided. But was I really? Any of us who have at least a remote connection with God can sense when something isn’t right and we can feel that a change is a comin’ LOL!
I had 3 significant lay off notices. One from the Father, one from the Son, and one from the Holy Spirit .
The first was when a colleague told me that if something happened that it wasn’t me. They were just going to go in a different direction.
The second notice was a month or so later when I visited my bestie in Italy. As we drove along the countryside, I felt a lightheartedness that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. I remember God placing me in a deep sleep for about 13 hours and I believe He was rewiring me. I could feel her standing over me and shaking me (probably trying to see if I was still alive), but I was out cold. When I finally awoke, God told me to stay in Philippians Chapter 4 until He released me. And I read it almost daily for close to 2 months. During that time, I wrote in my journal that they didn’t have the power to remove me and that I was never going to leave on my own. I was very attached to my “golden handcuffs” and I was never going to give them up willingly. So I told God that if He wanted me to go in a different direction, He was going to have to push me.
My third notice came on November 4, 2012, when I was talking to my mother and asking her about her dreams and she asked me about mine. I thought about it and realized I’d been so busy living, that I’d forgotten how to dream.
Well, November 5th came, and I got my opportunity to pursue my dreams. I’m sure the company notice went something like this, “Monica has left the company to pursue other opportunities.” That is corporate code for “She got fired, y’all.” LOL
But thank God for November 5th because I really was released by HIM, not THEM, to pursue my dreams. Although, I’ll be honest, in the immediate days that followed, I didn’t have the outer appearance of a blessed woman. My eyes stayed red and puffy. My nose continually dripped. My head pounded incessantly. I was best friends with Frito Lay. I had forgotten the purpose of a comb and brush. And water was not my friend (if you get my meaning). I was in great pain emotionally, and that pain was evident physically.
I talked to my bestie while she was still in Italy and she said since I like to journal, I should journal my journey of life after Corporate and how I was going to get back on my feet. So I did. And God had me turn that journal into an inspirational book, Today Is Your Last Day…Say Wha?! (The First 24 Months After Your Lose Your Job).
Today, here’s what I know to be true:
Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, He will send you lay off notices before the big day arrives.
The process of change can hurt. But you have to ride it out. You have to find the strength (and He gives you all the strength you need if you just ask for it) to push through. Push through your fears, negative self talk, worries, anxieties, pride, embarrassment, anger, self doubt. Everything. Immerse yourself in Him and He will sustain you while He’s rewiring you.
Your future direction may not always look like your past. So be open. If you want to live a fulfilling life, you must be open to change.
It’s dangerous to remain complacent in your past blessings. It can stagnate your future. Sometimes our lives are actually pretty darn good. No major issues anywhere. Bills are paid on time. Disposable resources exist. Health is good. Nothing about our lives makes us want to mop the floor with our bodies as we beg God to help us. (Anybody done that before?) The danger in that is we sometimes stop seeking Him as diligently as we should. And the key to living the ultimate successful life is abiding in Him. Continually seeking His will and wisdom for your life. What you have may be wonderful, but what He actually desires for you may actually be so much more!
If you submit yourself to God’s will for your life, you will be victorious. You may not always look victorious, but you still are victorious. Remember this. HE loves you. He LOVES you. He loves YOU.
God is our Source! He picks and chooses the resources He provides at His will. Not ours. Knowing this, will help you see that it is completely within the realm of possibility for you to lose your current job (source) and say “Thank You, God!”
Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!
I am not a minister, preacher, or evangelist, etc. I’m just a woman with a heart for God.