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A decade ago, I began working for a world-renowned computer chip manufacturing corporation. For the first several years of my employment, the company was “rolling in dough.” I remember my boss at the time saying, “They’re making so much money they don’t know what to do with it all! There were generous Christmas bonuses, lavish parties and a mandate to purchase almost anything in the way of office supplies. Although I no longer use it, I still have the genuine leather planner/briefcase that was given to me when I was hired.

And then the bottom fell out of the computer chip market. Over the span of 18 months, prices nose-dived, stocks plummeted and a hiring freeze went into effect. The mood, which had once been gay and carefree, turned cloudy. And then one day the unthinkable happened. My senior manager and two executive vice presidents were terminated on the spot, without any forewarning. As the company reeled from the shock, the rumor mill buzzed.  “What’s gonna happen next?” everyone wondered. Amidst much hand wringing and doom and gloom, we all waited for the other shoe to drop. And drop it did! 

I remember the day clearly, Friday, December 4, 1999, three weeks before Christmas. My manager called me into his office about 10 a.m. and I was terminated. One hundred people lost their jobs that day in the first company-wide layoff to hit that corporation. As I gathered up my belongings and headed for the parking lot, I remember seeing other employees carrying to their cars box loads of photographs, plants and knick-knacks that had decorated their cubes. One woman ran to her vehicle with tears streaming down her face. She was obviously devastated.

Change Happens Frequently

We no longer live in the age of job security. To work for one organization in your lifetime and retire with a gold watch after 40 years of service is now highly unlikely, if not impossible. Change happens frequently and often unexpectedly. It is a by-product of the age in which we live.

Security cannot be found in an organization, or in a position. It can only be found in a person, and that person is God. It is God alone who promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV). It is God alone who is ever faithful and ever true. It is this God who can open up another door for you when one has suddenly slammed in your face. With God by your side, you can confidently face an uncertain future, knowing that no matter what happens, there is someone there who loves you deeply and will adequately provide for your needs.  “Blessed is the man (or woman) who makes the Lord his trust" (Psalm 40:4, NIV).

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