About 2 weeks ago, my dad was laid off from work. My dad is a landman, he does research for oil companies, and unfortunately being laid off in his line of work is somewhat common. If anyone or anyone close to you has ever been laid off it is somewhat nerve racking. It can even be hard emotionally, physically, and financially on a family. In the landman business, if business is slow many times the company will let you go so they do not have to pay you. When they get more business in they will rehire again. It’s a vicious cycle, but this how the companies save money. I am sad for my dad because it is not just a job for him…he loves it and is good at it. So much that he is also on the board of landman in the area. It’s more of a hobby to him. Also my dad has hand tremors and has been in the process of possibly being diagnosed with parkinsons disease. This stressful situation is probably not ideal for him. BUT my dad has a great attitude and KNOWS he must trust in God and his timing. Sometimes God must close one door before opening a new one.
My family had dinner tonight and was asking my dad about the update on his job situation. He was upbeat and told us he was given some temporary work to help someone out. But as we were talking, everyone started mentioning the fear that’s involved in the waiting process. Isn’t it funny when we don’t see quick answers to our prayers, doubt can start to weigh in? And isn’t it amazing how we can let fear/worry start to take over? If only we had God’s perspective. It says in Romans 8:28 that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” As I was reading some online article it reminded me of how we can see bad sitations from a personal view instead of an eternal point of view. As we trust God to work good out of our bad situation, we should see how he blesses us as we experience it. His timing and purposes may be much greater than we could imagine. God may be using our lives as a witness. You never know who is watching and if it could lead to an opportunity to share Christ with them. WOW. This reminded me of how selfish I can be. Now don't get me wrong, I'm still worried for my dad but reminded how we should completely trust in God. Only he knows when the right door should be opened.
So I will end on a verse my family will rely on
"The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trsut in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:9-10