Several years ago I was told by my boss that my services were no longer needed. I had spent a lot of blood sweat and tears at that job and I had been successful. But my boss said it was a budget issue so I got the boot. The next day, he hired his best friend to take my place. It stung, but God taught me a new dimension of trust in Him and I have never looked back. The truth is, life is not fair and personal friendships and loyalties are not something you can always count on even in a Christian workplace.
But when those challenging moments happen, it’s good to remember that God calls us His friend. John 15;15 says, “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” He always has a plan and sometimes He has to use the selfish and unfair nature of others to move us forward to where He wants to take us.
Looking back, I have been able to accomplish some wonderful things that I would have never been able to do if I was still working at that old job. God isn’t finished with me yet, and I try to stay out of the way so He can accomplish something new. I remind myself when issues and unfair situations come up in my path, He has a plan. Worrying is a waste of time, accomplishes nothing, and can even deter me from getting me to the place on my journey that He wants me to go.
So next time something happens unfairly at work or in life and you are tossed aside for someone’s friend, know that God is your ultimate friend. He has your back and has great plans for you.
Psalm 112:7 “ He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”