This past Friday I received notice from my employer that after December 31st, my services would no longer be needed.
I’ve learned a great deal over the past five years. I got married. I earned a master’s degree and a couple of professional certifications. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate my skills and get paid for doing things that I largely enjoyed. While it wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies, I’ve been grateful for the opportunities.
The fact that my employer decided to give me what amounts to a 90-day notice to find new employment (in addition to a wide range of awesome benefits), should be a testament to the respect they have for their employees. They fired me with all the grace and legally required etiquette I was taught in business school. And they expressed encouragement and confidence in the places I would end up.
Logically, I should be bitter. My wife and I are expecting a child in late December… right as my 90-days are up. We’ve been in the process of buying a house, which just complicates things. And there are many other compelling reasons why now is not the best time to be terminated from a job. I should have every right to be angry about this.
But during the still moments between receiving the news and telling my wife, there was a quiet voice telling me, “God’s got this.”
Perhaps this whole experience is God prompting me to evaluate where I’m at, and where I’m going. Perhaps this is God telling me that I’m was making work into a routine, rather than the adventure work should be.
I once read that in order to strengthen old archways in danger of collapse, structural engineers would apply more pressure to the decaying archway. The added weight would bring the pieces of the arch closer together. By closing the gaps and pushing the archway together, it would become much stronger than before.
In the short term, being terminated hurts.
But the things my wife and I are moving towards are far more exciting than the things I’m moving from. We are having a baby very soon. We will buy a house as well. And God will make this adventure more entertaining than the daily routine of what will soon be just an old job.
For that, I’m overwhelmingly grateful.
And looking forward to what’s happening next.