85: All Things Work Together

85: All Things Work Together

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times

All Things Work Together

By Linda A. Haywood

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

~Romans 8:28

On December 22, 2008, I arrived to work at my usual time and began my day by reading my e-mails. One e-mail in particular caught my attention. It was from my supervisor, and it read, “I have scheduled a meeting with you at 4:45 P.M. today. If you have already scheduled visits for this time, please reschedule those visits.”

All that day I walked around feeling as though I was in limbo. Something just didn’t feel quite right. Questions flooded my mind. “Why are my co-workers avoiding me? Why would my supervisor schedule a meeting with me fifteen minutes before the end of the day? Why? Why? Why?”

At the meeting, my supervisor and one of her peers sat across from me as she launched into a discussion regarding my position. Then she casually ended by saying, “And therefore the agency has decided to let you go.” As her words echoed in my ears, I felt like a trapeze artist who had flown mid-air and let go of the bars, only to discover that there was no one there to catch me. I imagined myself falling, futilely flailing and screaming, with only three days before Christmas, one work check in my checking account, and six months short of having the ability to obtain the pension that I would have received from the agency as a vested employee.

Despite the media reports of the many unemployed who were losing their homes, I did marvelously the first month of unemployment. I loudly proclaimed that my job was not my god, and just like He blessed me with that job, God would open another door for me. I held on to every scripture in the Bible that spoke of God’s faithfulness, chiefly, “… in all things God works for the good of those who love him…”

By the second month of my unemployment, I had run out of money and was two months behind on my rent and car payments. At that point, my fears kicked in and tried to weigh me down with visions of joblessness, homelessness, and no vehicle to escape the winter cold and snow. Many days I held on to God’s promises to comfort my distress as I prayed for rescue.

Just as my hopes began to fade, God’s faithfulness materialized right before my eyes, and my situation turned around to the good. First, instead of evicting me, my landlord said, “Linda, I’ll work with you on this. Just keep me posted as to how things are going.” Second, the company that finances my car also agreed to work with me and didn’t repossess my car. Finally, I received a call from a temp service that had reviewed my resume online. I ended up being hired for a job where I’m still doing what I love and currently making over $10,000 more per year than I was making at my previous place of employment. God is good.

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