I was an Investment Consultant (registered rep) for a stock brokerage firm. I did more customer service than anything else. Recently, the firm figured our existing clients only held 8% of their assets with us. This information provoked new changes to proactively gather assets from our existing customers and convince them to consolidate their outside accounts with us. This was good for the company but not so much for me because this change would now require me to cold call. I am not a saleswoman. I knew for over a year that I wanted to make a career change prior to my new duties. I was bored and oftentimes frustrated. I fasted and prayed for God to reveal to me which direction to go in. I knew everything that I didn’t want to do but couldn’t figure out what I did want to do. I stayed in my position collecting paycheck after paycheck until the level of frustration, headaches, and anxiety with my job increased to the point where I felt I had to resign for my own peace of mind.
I knew it wasn’t wise to leave without having another job lined up. Despite the penalties I would incur, I hoped that the $6,000 (< 3 months of bills) I had saved through a retirement plan would last long enough for me to find a new job. I gave my employer a 5 week notice of my resignation, and my last day of employment was on August 2, 2013. I searched for jobs online through sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and News Record (local newspaper). After two months I had only had two telephone assessments and two in-person interviews. I remembered, “If you want to get something you’ve never gotten, you have to do something you’ve never done”. With a fixed amount of funds I sought the help of a free service via the Goodwill Industries Career Center. There I was able to find more job leads and get help with improving my resume.
I continued to tithe as best as I could and prayed believing that the God who had never failed me before would still be with me in this situation too. I knew that I wasn’t immune to unemployment or poverty, but my faith was BIG from the word of God I read and heard. I was aware of the worst case scenario but I envisioned, even fantasized, about God making a way for me. I would day dream about how I would act when I got the call for a job offer. I couldn’t wait to tell people what God had done for me again. I reminded myself of all the times he had blessed me in the past: He spared my life in a motorcycle accident, He spared my son who was born 11 weeks premature weighing 2 lbs 15 oz, He got me through school to obtain my Bachelors degree, He provided so that bills were paid even though I had a mediocre income. I know what He can do because I know what He did. I never lost faith despite my dwindling bank account.
On Monday, September 30th I was given a job offer by Lincoln Financial. In all honesty, it wasn’t the job I wanted out of all of the jobs I applied for, but it was a job. As I write this post, I have completed 2.5 weeks of training and am delighted to be with this company. I love the people, the atmosphere, and the many opportunities for career advancement. I feel I can happily work there for many years to come. To top things off, my net income is higher now that it was at my previous job. God is GREAT!
Here are a few scriptures that encouraged me in my time of waiting:
· Matthew 20:16So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
· Galatians 6:9And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
· Matthew 6:25-27Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
· Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
· Matthew 21:22And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
· Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.