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The Layoff
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The air was thick with apprehension and foreboding. Methodically, we all went about our work, staring blankly at our computer screens, shuffling papers on our desks, organizing our cubes. It was hard to concentrate.

“A layoff is coming!” the walls seemed to shriek. The tense faces of management coupled with their whispered conversations convinced us it was true. At lunch time, I updated my resume.

It was 1998 and the bottom had fallen out of the computer chip market. Three upper level managers had suddenly been given their walking papers. The rest of the manufacturing plant waited for the other shoe to drop. And drop it did.

I well remember the date it happened – December 4, 1998, three weeks before Christmas! Managers began calling their subordinates into their offices one by one. Fifteen minutes later they filed out faces ashen, hands trembling.

Numbly, they returned to their desks and began loading photographs, plants and other mementos into cardboard boxes which they carried to their cars. Some were crying, others were angry but most were in shock.

A company layoff is similar to the death of a loved one with a terminal illness. You know it is coming but it always catches you off guard.

One hundred of us lost our jobs that day. “Three weeks before Christmas!” we kept moaning to each other as we loaded our boxes of personal belongings into our vehicles. Then, like a funeral procession, we slowly caravanned out of the parking lot past the guard gate for the last time.

God Spoke to Me

Being a single mother, I wondered what God had in store for me. I knew the Creator would provide but I was still a bit nervous. The morning following the layoff, as I trudged up a long hill on my daily walk, God spoke to me in a very unusual way. I looked down to find a $20 bill lying in the gutter. As I picked it up and stared at it in disbelief, I understood. God was saying to me, “Don’t worry; I will provide for you!”

And, that’s exactly what God did. Though I was unemployed for eight months, my family never went without food or anything else we really needed. And, eventually God led me into a new career that has been more rewarding in every way than the job I lost.

If you are without a job just now, or struggling financially in some other way, remember to put God first in your life.  Focus on, and prioritize your relationship with your Creator and eventually everything else will fall into place.

The last paragraph of Matthew 6 tells us not to worry about what we are going to eat, or drink, or wear. For, God knows we need these things. Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you, as well.

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