Lessons from being let go


So a bit over a week ago, I got a call from my wife Mandi all in tears. She was let go by her employer. She loved what she was doing and the people she was working with. I don’t need to go into the details, but she is not being replaced, her position was cut. It was a real shock to her (and to me too to be honest). We are very much a two income family, and we knew that if she didn’t get work asap we would be in big trouble.

Like you would expect, she was wracking her brain trying to figure out what happened: Did she do something wrong? What could she have done differently? Why would God take away a job that she loved and that fulfilled her so much? Yet I could not help thinking that God had pulled her away from that work for something else that He needed her doing more.

That night, she called her parents to tell them what was going on. As the conversation progressed, they began batting around the idea of hiring her as a CNA for themselves. Her mom has advanced Parkinson’s and her dad is recovering from a mild stroke. They had been paying for 24/7 help through a home health aid service. By the end of the next day, it have been worked out that she would work full time for them. Now she is getting more time with her parents and getting to care for them when they need it most which she has wanted to do and is making the same money she was at her previous job. They feel much more comfortable with Mandi doing all the personal things that need done, she is qualified to do more as a CNA than the home health aids were able to do, and because she is private, they are saving a lot of money and helping us out at the same time which they have wanted to do. It is a big win-win.

We have been learning the importance of looking at events like Mandi losing her job, or water damage from a broken pipe, or not knowing how the bills are going to get paid this month through the lens of faith. I’m not talking a blind irrational kind of faith. I’m talking about faith that God will do what you cannot, that He will provide what you cannot, that He will get you to where He wants you to be when you have no way there. We have been learning that these lessons never get learned. They are not things we mater and move on from. Rather they are lessons that get taken to new and deeper levels throughout your life. At least, that is what I have been learning. Perhaps you have too.

This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland
(Isaiah 43:16-19, NIV).

12 thoughts on “Lessons from being let go

  1. Great attitude! The world does their attitude adjustments all wrong (you know what I mean). This is the kind of attitude we all need. Difficult times will bring greater reward when we apply faith! Good to see your smiling after face, my friiend

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  2. God has promised to never leave or forsake us. It is inspiring to see how he is doing this in yours and Mandi’s life. He keeps saying, “trust me, no matter what you are going through.” The joy that replaced the fear, in Mandi, so encouraging. Also, I am sureher parents are delighted with the arrangement! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  3. All things work together? He knows where He wants us & perfects that which concerns us. Am thinking about pastry for Easter so send me a note & let me know. Won’t be @ West until Palm Sun & then Easter. Prayers would be good if you think of it. Thanks.

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  4. So awesome to see how He works in our lives, even when we may not see it coming. It’s inspiring to all Christians, that He will do a work in us and for us!

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  5. I am learning that I am always learning. You played a part in that. There is a certain comfort that comes from knowing God’s hand is in all things evening when I’m acting all human and worrying about things. Very glad things worked out for Mandie & her parents & your family.

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  6. Hi, Dan, Am looking forward to your sermon & hope all went well last wk. Hope Mandi is doing okay & not getting stressed. Would like to see some of your sermons some time too. Know that His grace is sufficient & His mercy endures forever. Have a great wk & will see you Sun. Blessings,

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