Please welcome guest contributor, KM Logan of KMLogan.com, as she shares what God taught her and her husband through job loss.
There are a few moments in life that I would classify as “freak out” moments. Finding out my husband had lost his job was definitely one of them.
It was just a few months after we had gotten married, we were both settling into our new jobs, and we were both settling into our roles as husband and wife. That’s when I got the phone call.
I was happily answering phones and helping customers at the music store where I worked. Then I saw my husband’s cell phone number on the stores caller ID. Odd, he should be at work, I thought.
“Honey I have some bad news.” Now I realize my husband wanted to tell me this “bad news” right away, but had he realized how badly it was about to make me FREAK out he probably would have waited until my shift was over. We’ll just chalk it up to being new at the whole “wife” thing.
In the next thirty seconds he proceeded to tell me that there had been a fire where he worked. No one was hurt but they wouldn’t be re-opening right away.
It’s easy to say “God will take care of my needs” when you and your spouse are both gainfully employed, but it’s a whole different ball of wax when your income gets slashed in half.
Thus began the job hunt. Applications, suits, ties, interviews. We kept praying that my husband would get that “perfect” job. It was months. All the while I was working full time one place and part time at two others. Even though our needs were being provided for (I had even gotten a sizeable promotion) it was still hard for a man though to watch his wife work three jobs when he can’t even find one.
My husband’s job represented security, it represented income, and it represented safety. So when it vanished we freaked out for a little while even though on paper we were fine financially. We had put our trust in a job instead of the Lord.
We learned two things (dare I say I’m grateful) when my husband was unemployed. 1) We learned first hand that God provides our needs not a paycheck. And 2) We learned that we didn’t need as much money to live on as we had initially thought. Had it not been for my husband’s job loss I may not have had the faith to stay at home with our children later.
God will provide for your needs. Maybe it means temporary public assistance or charity from the church but God will provide for your needs. You don’t need to freak out. He knew your family’s unemployment was going to happen before you did. He has it all under control.
Now It’s Your Turn. What lessons has God taught you about trust?