Monday, August 19, 2013

What Happens Next?

You wake up in the morning. You get ready. You go to work. You did this every day for your whole life. But today is different. Today you get pulled into the corporate world's office. They sit you in front of a desk & tell you I am sorry but your 30 years here means nothing & we have to let you go. 

And then your world stops. You think how am I going to tell my wife? My family? My friends? How am I going to face the world? How am I going to survive? How am I going to provide?

Hebrews 13:5 NIV -- Keep your life free from the love of money & be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.'

What happens next? 

Everything you ever worked for disappears in a blink of an eye. 

This happened to my dad on Friday. 

I got a text from him.. My world instantly stopped. I was driving. I almost thought it was a joke. I immediately called him. He didn't answer. I was fighting back tears saying no, no, not my dad. How is this possible? Then he calls me back immediately. 

His first words, it'll be all right. This is all part of God's plan. 

I listened to this humble man on the other side of phone with nothing but positive words flowing out of his mouth. Me, still fighting back tears.

We are talking about my dad. My hero. The one who has always provided for our family as I was growing up. The one who had it all together. The one who I looked up to. The one who is now jobless. 

My heart hurt so bad for him. He was 1 of 6 they let go for economical reasons. I understand that. Companies sometimes sink. And some companies don't exactly have the best morals, but it makes sense for them to get rid of the ones that make the most & forget about the last 30 years he worked for them. 

This whole weekend I was a mess. A emotional mess. I just want to be there for him & my mom during this trialing period of their lives. If I could give them the world like they gave me, I would.

After I got off the phone I was praying. All day. I fell asleep praying about it. I woke up praying about it. 

God has a plan. My dad is aware of it. I am aware of it. I just hate to see any hurt or struggles. But I do know that if this brings my dad to depend on the Lord more & really get to know Him, that will be the greatest blessing of all. I am hopeful. I am hopeful because I know God has a great plan for him, I just can't wait to see it.

John 14:1 NASB -- Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  

And this waiting period... That's the hardest. We all now that.

So for my dad, who spent the last 30 years doing the exact same thing is gone. His world got rocked. So now God, what's next?

Isaiah 43:13 NASB -- For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'

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  1. Hi Tiffany! I can totally relate. My husband has been out of job for over a year. In one day, out the next. It's so demoralizing.

    But your Dad has you, and your Mom, so much support! That's what he needs, and I know you will give him that. Hugs are nice too :)

    My prayers are with him, and your family.
    PS What faith your Dad is witnessing to you too!

    1. Thank you for your sweet words. I will be praying for you and your husband as well!

  2. Tiff - I'm so sorry! My dad went through the same thing a few years ago. 35 years with the same company, VP, and then they closed. It could be a brand new start of something amazing for him! Praying for them! -Kelly

  3. Hi Tiffany,

    I'm sorry your family is going through this. My husband lost his job in much the same way almost 2 years ago after working for the same company for 19 years. God was so faithful to us during that time - somehow we made it! I know he prayed, but after a time, I literally cried out to the Lord.

    God provided a new job, sort of in the nick of time, in January and continued to cover us with his blessings.

    More than anything, it is such a shock, but ultimately (and I don't know you, your dad or the situation) good will come of it. Just watch, pray, wait and see what God will do!

    1. That is so amazing God was so faithful to you guys & that you guys put all your trust in Him. It's definitely a tough situation to deal with!! Thank you for your encouragement too :) - Tiffany