The Pain

The pain of having your job ripped from you is devastating; it leaves a hole in your heart. At first, you’re in shock, not sure if this is happening or if you’re dreaming. And then it hits, like lightning ripping through your being. Stunned, you ask why followed by what did I do wrong?

You know the answer, and it makes you scream! Someone you’ve never met, who holds a seat in the ivory tower has decided you’re not needed. Without caring about the hours you’ve put into your position, the personal sacrifices you’ve made, you aren’t necessary. You find yourself stumbling to safety, your eyes filled with tears, your mind racing with the unknown.

What now? What am I going to do? How will I pay my bills or support my family? Insult to injury – there isn’t a severance package, just a paycheck for forty hours that week. And, being told you’ll be paid for a full day even though they’re dismissing you at 4 p.m. The only words that come to mind are gee, thanks, I’ve been here since 6:15 a.m. and haven’t had lunch yet.

At first, you wonder how you didn’t see this coming. Your supervisor along with the regional team has known for months that your position would be eliminated, and yet they said nothing; not even out of courtesy for your family. The pain grows thinking of how you trusted them, how you were never anything but honest with them, but yet they were not with you.

How is my family going to survive?

Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

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