Unexpected Turns

“…and it’s true — that sometimes…
the thing you never would choose for your life, chooses you for a reason.
And the thing that you’d never pick? Picks you to become brave.
And sometimes…
you get what you need — by walking through what you never wanted – 
and the thing you never wanted, may turn out to be be the thing you need most.
I hadn’t known but now believe: the thing that may make you fall a bit apart, may be part of what one day holds you a bit together” (Ann Voskamp).

I drove by my old office building today. It was the place where I was downsized from my job over 6 years ago.

At the time, it felt like it came out of nowhere. I didn’t have a clue when they called my name in the middle of the day that I was being let go. I had no idea that a lot of other people would lose their jobs that day.

As odd as it seems, I felt a complete calm about the whole thing. I knew that wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I also knew that had I not been laid off, I would have stayed there much longer because it was a safe, non-risky place. And I would have been miserable.

The next three years before I found my next full-time job were full of the usual ups and downs and highs and lows. I had quite the variety of temp job experiences and almost got hired a couple of times.

I see now looking back that God used what I didn’t think I wanted to get me to a better place physically, spiritually, and mentally. It’s still a work in progress, but it never would have begun if not for May 22, 2012.

I’m thankful for that day because that’s where God began showing up big time in my life and He hasn’t stopped.

One thought on “Unexpected Turns

  1. Wow, love this. As soon as I started reading, I thought, “kind of like loosing my job recently” before I read you talking about your job loss in 2012. I feel in a very similar position. Even though there was a sadness that the non-risky stability of the job was no longer in my life, I have been amazed in even the short time since it happened at the end of July, how I have seen God at work and how I am in a better place mentally, spiritually and physically also. I love to be trusting God together in this journey of things that sometimes we want the least are what we need the most!

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