GM Idling Ohio Plant
Here’s the truth …
GM IDLING OHIO PLANT! THOUSANDS POSSIBLY LOSING THEIR JOBS!
When I first heard those words, I panicked. My husband could possibly be losing his job! What would we do? Where would we go? Fear overtook me so much that I was unable to think clearly, let alone function. I cried out to God over and over, feeling paralyzed with fear of the unknown.
It's been only a week since we received that news. Nothing has changed with GM. We still don't know what is going to happen, but what has changed is me. I am calm. I am at peace. I am trusting.
What made the difference? Several things.
First, I got busy searching the Scriptures for verses to which I could cling. Verses that showed me that my job was not to worry but to trust and obey. God gave me the following:
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7 KJV);
“And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 KJV);
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22 KJV );
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV ).
The more I searched, the more He gave! God's Word is alive! It is powerful! It is transforming! It is God's very words for me!
The second thing I began to do was to reach out to two very dear friends who immediately began praying for me and my family and who also began sending me verses and words of encouragement. One of the most important things we can do for our friends is to pray. In James, we learn that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16b KJV). These precious ladies stormed Heaven's gates asking God to grant peace, wisdom, and most importantly, a willingness to accept His perfect will. What a precious ministry we can have when we pray for one another!
The third thing I did? I got busy. I prayed, got up, wiped my tears, and began to work in my home, ministering to my family, doing the very things God had called me to do. Proverbs 24:10 tells us that “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” When I read this verse, it took me by surprise. I realized that I was lacking faith to trust God and that my strength to carry this was too small. While I worked in my home, I repeatedly asked God to increase my faith, to give me His strength. And do you know what? He did!
He is so wonderful and so beyond my comprehension that He cares that much! I am humbled and in awe of His great power and love.
As I continued searching the Scripture, God continued to show me what He expected of me: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV), and “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15 KJV).
Praising God and giving thanks is not always easy. And like Hebrews says, it can literally be a sacrifice to praise God. How do I praise Him when my husband may lose his job? How do I praise Him when He's asked me to give Him back three of my children? How do I praise Him in the most difficult of times? By Him, just like the verse suggests.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in 2 Corinthians:
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of God may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 KJV)
When I first heard the news about my husband's job, I took my eyes off of God. I panicked. I worried. I looked all around for help. It wasn't until I looked up, into His wonderful face, that I received His peace. It was then I could start to praise Him and thank Him. I read somewhere, “God doesn't give us grace for the what-ifs. He gives us grace for the here and now.”
I don't know what is going to happen with my husband's job. I don't know if we will have to relocate. I don't know if we will have to leave the comfort of family, friends, and community. But I do know that God will never leave us. He will provide all of our needs.
God’s Word says, “I have been young, and now I am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25 KJV). I choose to trust. I choose to praise.