On 13 January 2016, I was retrenched from the company I had been working in for almost five years. To be honest, I was so excited as I was already thinking of leaving the company. Since I was retrenched, I received a severance pay which was five months of my salary. Nonetheless, I was aware that the money would eventually run out if I couldn’t find a job in time.
But I was so thankful for our church’s theme of the year which was “Possessing Our Possessions”. This gave me hope to believe the Lord would bring me to a new land (job) that is overflowing with milk and honey.
I started to look for a job online. Two months passed, and there was still no good news. Though there were a few job interviews that came along, nothing materialised.
Disappointments and fears began to set in when my wife told me about the amount of money we had left in our bank account. At that time, we had incurred quite a bit of expenses as we had just purchased our house and bought some furniture.
There were nights when I couldn’t sleep because there were so many things running through my mind, but I am thankful for having a wife who kept reminding me that the Lord is our provider and not me.
To be honest, waiting was very tough. The only thing I could do was to wait for doors to open. It was also a season when I had to strengthen my faith and fill my heart with God’s love, believing that He delights in me and that He is always for me. When feelings of disappointment came, I would remind myself of His goodness by meditating on His Word and confessing it aloud. During this time, Psalm 23 came alive to me.
Finally, when the third month came, I received a job offer! I could tell that it was the hand of Daddy God working for me as I did not possess the skills that my new employers were looking for.
They even gave me a higher position even though the recruitment was for an entry level position. As a result, I got an eight per cent increment from my last drawn salary!
This year is really the year where I possess my possessions! Not only did I become a house owner, I also received a new job! To God be the glory!