At a time when job opportunities grow increasingly scarce, pushing unemployment rates to record heights; my dear husband has taken a stand against his employer. Dear Husband’s decision was made for the sake of integrity, common decency, and proper judgment. His actions were justified. But these actions may earn him a pink slip and either way, his job is no longer secure. I support Dear Husband, unflinching, for I cannot imagine a plan of God’s that would include remaining employed no matter the cost.
But nothing will be the same.
I feel every thing around me shift, as I move toward a future unknown. I leave behind notions of false hope and step out onto an invisible ledge of faith. Rickety chunks of earthly security fall and crash from behind. Angry flames of chaos lick the souls of my feet from below. And an uncharted future unfurls ahead. My feet are firm upon this transparent ledge. I remain still, trusting the strength of the ground upon which I stand. God will carry me through these difficult times. How invigorating to know I will not fall!
And yet, I am terrified.
I’ve never known hunger in the real sense of the word. Sure, I’ve been eager, famished, and irritated to the point of casting blame on the nearest bystander, be it a waiter, chef, or spouse, for causing a delay with my food. But I’ve never wondered how many days would pass before I ate my next meal. Perhaps that is why it was so easy for me to take that first step in faith. I had no idea what I stood to lose. Now that I am out on this transparent platform I can see what lies below. Fiery flames of scarce employment opportunities. Looming mortgage payments. And offspring who are in the habit of eating, growing, and requiring correction of teeth irregularities.
My feet grow restless, wanting to scramble back to the ground which before appeared solid, but was not. I turn to my Bible for an inspirational Word, a tether which will keep me in place. I find it in the Book of James:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (V.2-4)
I can think of nothing better to wish for, than to be complete and not lacking anything in Christ.
In the past, I have prayed my family would come to know Jesus as I do, and to love Him as passionately as I have. Yet, seldom have I used my light to illuminate the Glory of God. What better time to shine than now, while the overwhelming presence of opportunity sits at my lap. Already, I have seen how my faith in God has lifted my family from darkness, simply from my choice to give every thing to God, rather than wallow in the weakness of my own understanding. I have seen light inside the whites of my children’s observing eyes. I have experienced comfort with an unbelievable, incredible peace which passes all understanding. And I have perceived a ray of hope inside the unexpected words of Dear Husband...
“You seem much calmer than I am,” he said, tilting his head ever so thoughtfully sideways. “I don’t know where that calmness is coming from.”
And then he said, “I think the kids and I will come with you to church tonight.”
What earthly treasure could be more precious than gifts such as these?
It is during the darkest hour that divine glory shines most brilliantly. If my family and I must suffer in order to know the inconceivable grace, love, and mercy of God, then I consider it pure joy, these trials I am about to face, as I step out farther onto the invisible ledge of faith and toward a future unknown.
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