98: Our True Source

98: Our True Source

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

Our True Source

By Andrea Peebles

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

~Mark 11:24

I was fifty-two years old when I lost my job, and as much as we would like to believe that there are no prejudices where age is concerned, we all know that is simply not true.

I was devastated, to say the least. And even though I would get severance pay and unemployment for a while, the chances of me getting another job in the very competitive field of insurance were slim to none. I worried about the fact that I still had a mortgage on my home, a car payment, and several other incidental bills. How would we make it? My husband still had his job, but for the past twenty-four years it had taken both incomes, and it seemed we still barely got by.

During one of my many sleepless nights, I suddenly realized I was seeing only the human side of my dilemma. I was not looking to God as my true Source. I determined right then that I was going to put my trust and faith in Him.

I started by looking back over the tough times in my life when He had seen me through. I took account of the many times when what had looked impossible to me had somehow been taken care of by my one true Source. Then I remembered all the blessings in my life that I still had — my family, my health, my home — and began to feel grateful for all of them.

And, finally, as I thought about the One who held the moon in place and set the boundaries for the oceans, I began to pray — not for a job, as you might think, but only that He meet my needs as He had always done.

And, of course, He did.

I was unemployed for three years. But in those three years, I was able to focus on a part-time business of my own that was much more rewarding than any job I’d ever had in the corporate world. I totally replaced my previous “annual” salary with a part-time seasonal job with no commute. Unbelievably, while unemployed, we paid off the mortgage on our home and all of our incidental bills, and were able to buy the new car I needed for my business.

And, at fifty-five years old, I was hired for the best job I ever had in the same competitive field. And I went into it almost completely debt-free!

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