When I was offered voluntary redundancy back in March it was a bit of a ‘no brainer’. I had already been looking for teaching jobs in South Wales and even as far back as two years ago, had been tentatively looking. I had sensed the Lord’s leading and this felt more like God’s timing. Of course, back in March, I had already had it all planned out in my head:
- Get a new job by the middle/end of May.
- Have plenty of time to find a place to rent, maybe even put a deposit down on a dream new home.
I’ve been through Application form after Application Form, ‘Person Specification’ after ‘Person Specification’. Along the way I’ve improved how to do these darn things … A LOT! Despite being at the top of the pay scale and supposedly unfamiliar with how to teach in a different country I’ve even managed a few interviews. I’m deliberately ‘bigging’ myself up here because the truth is I don’t have a job (yet) and I can’t lie, the last couple of months have been blooming hard. When a man has a family to take care of and no job that man pride kicks in and begins to hurt.
So here we are in South Wales (the original one), my favourite place in the world after Alona Beach, Philippines and Doctor’s Cave, Montego Bay. We have a three bedroom rental property with a nice size garden full of apple trees. Jifelane has just bagged herself a job (yay!) and I’m still waiting. However, after hearing a very timely sermon by John Piper I’m now in a much better place. Do we really trust God or the outcome of our circumstances? Are we trusting our own ability to generate money somehow or are we truly willing to let God take the lead? Believe me, I’m wrestling with these questions or maybe like Jacob of old, with God himself.
Here’s the link to that sermon …
I would like to think that I really AM trusting in the Almighty not in my own abilities. The bottom line is GOD LOVES US. The Bible can say it much better than me …
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose … (Romans 8:28)
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Look, I’m just scratching the surface here and already faith is stirring. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. And what is faith? … The evidence of things hoped for.
And is it a job I’m hoping for? Well it was and I had got so wrapped up in trying to find a job I had taken my eyes off the one who provides the job AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
The bigger picture is so much more than finding a job and now I’m fixing my eyes firmly on the God who provides. In fact it’s more than provision, it’s a PLAN and a PURPOSE. We have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. He is our hope, our ‘all in all’.