General Motors Unallocates Lordstown Plant, but God Has Allocated Our Lives
Here’s the truth …
What is perhaps one of the most frustrating things to deal with is the use and misuse of words by people. We live in a society where words are invented or meanings are changed in order to suit a particular purpose. In my small part of the world, General Motors has chosen to use the word “unallocate” to describe the present state of our local Chevy Cruze car plant. The use of the word “unallocate” is a foreign way of describing what is defined as “idled or closed” within the contract, all in the name of corporate greed. Lawsuits have been filed due to their choice of words. Words and their use are very important.
It used to be that a man’s word meant something. A man’s word could be trusted. A contract was settled simply by using a handshake. But now we live in a world were words don’t mean anything. Definitions can be changed to take on new meanings, often resulting in lives that are negatively affected.
Although I want to be angry and upset with General Motors for placing my life and thousands of others in upheaval, I must realize that while they have unallocated the car plant, God has allocated my life. The definition of allocate is to set apart for a particular purpose; to assign or allot. As a born again child of God, He has set me apart for a particular purpose. I may not understand why we have to relocate, or why I have to be separated from friends, family, and community, but I can trust that ultimately God is in control, He sees every side and angle of this situation, and He knows the final outcome already. General Motors may think that they are in control, but they are not. The UAW may think that they are, but they are not. God is still on the throne, and He is in complete control.
It all comes down to this: as a believer I have to choose to place my trust in God and not in a corporation or group of men. Our country was founded on the principle that we read on our dollar bills, “In God We Trust.” The book of Proverbs tells us: “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). Somewhere we have shifted our focus from the writing on the dollar bill to the dollar bill itself. Timothy addressed this when he wrote, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV). The almighty dollar has become the focus, and men will do whatever it takes to get more of it. We have forgotten the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded.
So how, then, do I live amidst all the turmoil, lies, and fear of the unknown? I begin by surrendering all my plans, my life, my family, and my career to Him. As I do this, I begin to see that God is going to do amazing things that I cannot even comprehend. But this surrendering is very hard to do, because it requires saying no to self and saying yes to God, even when I can’t see ahead and don’t understand.
Three times in my life I have been asked to give my children back to God. My husband and I had to surrender our hopes, dreams, and plans for our family. Was it fair? Was it easy? Did we understand why? No. But we learned to walk by faith and not by sight. Now we are being asked to trust once again and follow God when we don’t understand or see what He is doing.
One of Jesus’s disciples learned this lesson, too. One evening, Peter and some of the other disciples were out in their boat and, suddenly, a storm came upon them. They were being tossed about by ferocious winds and waves. They had lost complete control in the storm. All of a sudden, they saw what they presumed to be a ghost walking toward them on the water! They were extremely scared! “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid’” (Matthew 14:27 KJV). I am always amazed at two things when I read this. First, Jesus came to them in the middle of the storm, and, second, Jesus says to them in all of their fear, “Be of good cheer.” When we are in the storms of life, Jesus is right there! We are not alone! We can be of good cheer because, rather than looking at the storm around us, we keep our focus on Jesus. We let Him handle the storm, and we keep walking towards Him as He leads and guides. Our joy is found in Him, not ourselves or our circumstances.
As we continue reading on, we see that Peter answers Jesus and says, “‘Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.’ And He [Jesus] said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:28-29 KJV). Because Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk through the storm on the water right to Jesus. But the moment he looked around at the storm, he began to sink and cried out to Jesus to save him! “And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31 KJV).
I ask myself this same question: “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” When I look at the storm of the unknown and upheaval around me, I begin sinking in despair and anger and fear. I doubt that God can truly help me. When I think He is not near to help me, He is, but I cannot see Him because I have taken my eyes off of Him. But He never left my side! It was my focus that changed, not Him. When I re-adjust my focus and look to Jesus and place my trust in Him, He immediately stretches forth His hands and catches me. Oh, the love of Jesus! He cares! I know He cares, because I have experienced it over and over in my life. I am learning to surrender my life to Him and keep my focus on Him and not on my circumstances.
And so, dear reader, I encourage you not to worry or fear the future, to place your trust in Jesus, and to surrender to Him so that you can watch Him do great things! It isn’t always easy, and often takes sacrificing our wants and desires, but I’ve seen God do amazing things when we yield to Him. General Motors may have unallocated my husband’s employment, but as children of God, He has allocated our lives!