God Turns Loss into Gain
God's abiding presence did not leave Angeline as she underwent a painful job loss. As she trusted Him, God intervened.
By Angeline Ng, Area 1
Have you ever been in a place where life was smooth sailing, but suddenly you were awakened by a storm?
In July 2020, I lost my job right amid the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. To make matters worse, I turned down a job offer two months earlier because I felt God asking me to wait.
It never occurred to me that my job would be made redundant. My career path had always been smooth. I was shocked, and the fear of being unable to provide for my family became real overnight. I found myself caught in a storm.
In the days that followed, all I could do was find refuge in God's Word to cope with my confusion and grief.
God is Holding My Hand
I brought my brokenness before God during worship with my Connect Group (CG). God’s presence was tangible, and I heard Him saying that He would walk with me through this season even though I could not comprehend the "whys" and "hows."
A member of my CG saw a vision of God’s open doors for me, which brought me much assurance. Later that night, God spoke to me through Isaiah 41:13 and 1 Chronicles 17:9-14:
“For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.”
“And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning....” (1 Chronicles 17:9)
Planted in Perfect Timing
I took comfort in these promises and heard God telling me to wait and trust Him. Instead of orchestrating events on my own, He instructed me to rest in Him as He worked on my behalf.
I never expected how God was about to intervene. Five days after I lost my job, I learned that a similar role had opened in another multinational company. The talent acquisition partner was from my ex-company who was temporarily overseeing the hiring of this role, and she was able to present my application to the hiring managers.
As I awaited the outcome, I held onto the truth that God would hold my hand and plant me in the right place.
Seven being God’s number of perfection, I was in awe that within the course of 49 days, (7x7) in God's perfect timing, I received a job offer with a better remuneration package than my previous job. This did not happen by my own strength or power, but by the incredible grace of God!
God truly works behind the scenes even when we do not see it and may feel doubtful about obeying His promptings. In my case, it did not make logical sense to give up the previous job offer, but now I understand it was God’s divine plan for me to be where I am today.
A year into this job has taught me that the journey of faith is not over. When I am met with new challenges, I recall God’s amazing provision and am reminded of His great deliverance in the storms of life. All we need to do is be still in His presence – in the eye of the storm – and allow God to perform miracles on our behalf.
He will not forsake us during our trials. In this COVID-19 season, He will provide abundantly for His people as we put our trust in Him. He will answer our cries.
When life does not make sense, God's promises will guide us through the tsunamis of life in peace and confidence. The Jehovah of Yesterday is the same Today and Tomorrow. Even when the valleys are deep and the mountains unconquerable, God will lift us up. Indeed, He is our promise keeper and will not let us perish. All Glory to God!
“When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the LORD will answer them;
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
that they may see and know,
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
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Reflect & Respond
Which area of your life is God asking you to be still? What Scriptures can you meditate on to increase your faith in this area?
How has God provided for you during this pandemic? How can you give thanks to Him for it?