Unemployment. . . when the Lord provides
Though Audrey did everything she could to find a new job, it was God who provided for her through a previous acquaintance – and it turned out to be more than she could have hoped for!
It is written that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has known.” (Isaiah 64:4) God has prepared these things for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Without having a job secured, I resigned from my teaching job at KIPP Charlotte-a charter school in NC committed to getting students “to and through” college. Although my time at KIPP was well spent by teaching, coaching and inspiring students and staff through music, I knew it was time to move on. I had been there 4 years. I learned much but was no longer growing professionally. I felt like God was calling me to lead but where, how and who remained unknown. With 7 years of classroom experience under my belt, I learned enough to help others along the way.
Needing a challenge, I decided to go on a series of interviews for leadership roles that I qualified for, yet did not receive. After interviewing for 3 positions, I was confident that at least 1 would manifest in a job offer. You can imagine my anxiety when I resigned from my job, hopeful that an offer would extend itself my way, only to find that I was 29 and jobless.
Shocked and shaken, I wondered what I was going to do. That summer was spent treating my job search like a full time job. I woke up, ate breakfast, worked out and went to the library to look for jobs online. Again, applying for roles, that in retrospect were out of my “league”, but roles that I felt I could grow into. I never heard back from the hiring committee for those jobs.
Relentless, I kept at it until out of the blue, a former colleague reached out and asked me to send her my resume. She thought I would be a good fit for a new role at her office in New York City! Excited and desperate, I quickly sent her my resume. I learned this role would have me directing recruitment, managing specialty teachers and the after-school program at a new school in West-Harlem with 40 plus employees! After 3 phone interviews, I found myself packing up my life and moving to the city of my dreams, New York City!
I had 3 weeks to close up shop and move into the unknown. But as a single, childless woman, it made sense to move to a city where I longed to live for years. What could possibly hold me back? Fear, Anxiety, and Doubt? Or could this opportunity be the very thing I needed to step out on faith? God ultimately led me to believe that my time had expired and that my gifts were no longer needed [where I was in North Carolina]. If this door opened so easily for me, when others slammed right in my face, why wouldn’t I walk thru it? As I said my goodbyes to my family and friends in NC, I knew I was in for an adventure but I had no idea that it was JUST beginning.
Two years later, I am still adjusting to life in New York. If you’ve ever lived here you know it’s not for everyone and will test you on a daily basis. BUT the skills, experiences and person I am now does not compare to the life that I once had. My favorite bible verse comes from 1 Corinthians 2:9, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.”
I could not possibly conceive that 1 of my wildest dreams would come true under the circumstances but the goodness of what God has for those that love, believe and worship him, are better than anything man could ever create. Through God’s grace I have been able to have a broader impact in this role [than ever before!] Instead of resigning from my job, I learned that I was really resigning [my previous] thoughts of inadequacy, inferiority and doubt by stepping out in faith. From this day forward, I will continue to resign but only to His unwavering and faithful will for my life.
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Where is the hope that is in your heart? If you’re unemployed today, what is your unemployment insurance? Rest your heart in Jesus, and though the provision may not come in the same way it did for Audrey, or in the same way you may expect it to, it will come.
“I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes? Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers. If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:25-34 NIrV