Where It All Began…

I was straightening shelves and putting out sales product in the Christian retail store where I worked, pregnant belly pushing my work apron to its limit.  There in the women’s interest section, I heard my husband of nearly a year walk through the door.  It was the middle of the work day, and he asked if he could talk to me for a minute.  Something’s not right I felt on the inside.  There was someone else on the floor, so we walked to the back room where my inventory desk was located and I waited to hear what he was going to say.

As we walked into my workspace, surrounded by the product that was already coming in for the Christmas season, I found that my sneaking suspicion was correct.  Looking back, I think it was the Holy Spirit trying to give me a quick,

“Are you sitting down?  I think you should sit down.”

Thank you, Holy Spirit!

“Nicki,” he said.  “I lost my job today.”

There it was.  Just before the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas), months before our first anniversary, right after we had just settled into our first house (it was tiny but it was ours), well into our first journey of growing a tiny human being, we experienced something that we never expected to happen.  It was unthinkable.  It was unplanned.  It was unwelcome.

But God…

God had a plan for us, and I believe He still does.

God cared about this little girl from Kentucky and her husband and unborn baby.

God made a way for us over and over and over again–and He still does.

In the midst of it all, I found out who God really was.

So this is my message to the woman whose life hasn’t turned out how she planned (I’ve got plenty more stories where this one came from), to the person who has had life’s rug ripped out from under them, to anyone who is experiencing burnout and letdown…

God still cares, and He is still there.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

(BibleGateway.com, NIV translation)

When we are experiencing the unexpected and unwelcome, as a wise woman in my life often says, “God is not undone by this.”  He has a plan.  He has a way out.  All we have to do is go to Him.

So, how about your life?  Where has the Lord been faithful?  Where are you asking Him questions or believing for His help?  What Scripture has been your lifeline?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Grace to You,

Nicki

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2 Replies to “Where It All Began…”

  1. NIcki, I really enjoyed reading this piece! About 5 years ago my husband was laid off from his job. It was our lifeline. We had two little ones, and I was at home. We knew he could apply for unemployment, but that wouldn’t do the trick. As a couple, we decided to go through that experience with faith! The very next day my husband was asked to do a freelance job, soon he had others. We made it through the summer and by fall, he had a full-time job. It seems as though God always has a way of taking care of us, regardless of whether we ourselves feel it is the right way!

    1. That is so true. God does always have His own way of taking care of us! I love hearing the stories–they’re so encouraging for me as a mom! Thanks for your comment 🙂 I look forward to checking out your blog!

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