“I say this because I know what I’m planning for you,” says the Lord. “I’ve good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” Jer. 29:11, NCV.

When my son began school and my daughter kindergarten, I wanted to go back to work. Because of maternity leave I was no longer current in my profession. I had no choice but to go to the employment agency. I received unemployment benefits and attended a computer course. I soon learned how to handle this new technology. After completing the course, I continued to look for a job. In the meantime, I had a computer at home and kept filling out one job application after the other.

I applied for a job in a grocery store that was still under construction. I received a negative reply—I couldn’t work in the afternoons and on Saturdays. Three weeks later the boss called me again, inviting me to come in for a job interview. I was happy! We both had a good first impression of each other, and I started work in that grocery store. Because the store was newly constructed, the shelves had to be stocked. It was a joy for me to work every day. Before long, I knew where everything was in the store, and I got along well with the customers and my colleagues. And I had my own department. My relationship with the boss and his wife seemed to be good.

However, shortly before my fortieth birthday, everything changed. I was called into the office and received my dismissal. I couldn’t believe it! Why? When I had started working three years before I had thanked God that He had enabled me to get that job at the right time. All this made the last days at work very difficult. I don’t know why God allowed my job, which I enjoyed, to be taken from me. But God knows me and He certainly knows why.

I was unemployed again—but this was exactly the time when my son needed me. Being home and having time for him in the afternoon was good for both of us. It also did my daughter good that I was there to keep an eye on her while she did her homework.

A year has passed, and I’m still unemployed. I don’t know what God has planned for me, but I trust Him. He knows me, and He knows my sorrows. You too may be facing challenges as this year begins, but God does have good plans for us. Let’s believe—and cling to Him daily.

Sandra Widulle

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