They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. Psalm 107:28 NIV
When my family and I arrived at the amusement park, I teased to go on the Dragon Coaster. I had seen the advertisements on television that showed the dragon-like shape of the twisted, twirly, mountainous roller coaster. Now I could hardly wait to get through the lines and board the ride so I could experience the fun for myself.
Unfortunately I was only seven years old, and I had never ridden a roller coaster before. Though my family had tried to warn me about how scary roller-coaster rides can be, I didn’t have a clue about what all their talk meant. I just giggled excitedly during the wait time and teased to be allowed to sit with the big kids in the front of the car when we chose our seats.
As the ride began, the roller coaster car clanked and smoked (like a dragon) and chugged up the tallest hill I had ever been on. I could see the entire amusement park laid out below. I chattered even more, pointing out the wonderful sights to my seatmates.
But as the car reached the top of that first hill, my chattering came to an abrupt halt. I couldn’t see any more track in front of me. I didn’t know what to expect. When the coaster topped the hill and started to whoosh down the other side, you wouldn’t believe the screams that escaped my lips. The twists and turns that had looked so innocent and simple to me while I was waiting for the ride to begin now felt intimidating and scary. The ride along the twisty, green corkscrew track that had looked like so much fun now set my stomach churning, threatening to take my lunch away. Though the ride lasted fewer than two minutes, it ruined the rest of my day at the park, leaving me exhausted and too scared to try anything new.
When you lose your job, whether for rightsizing, business closures, a poor economy, or just because your boss had a bad day, the days spent between losing your old job and finding a new one can seem a lot like a bad roller-coaster ride. You’re on that roller coaster even though you might not want to be, and now you have to ride that hill for all it’s worth. You try to hold on tight as you navigate the twists and turns, excited at the possibility of a new job, an interview, or a lead. But then you’re tumbled all around with disappointment when the phone stays silent for days on end, when no one returns your e-mails, when all the leads dry up. The dark fear of the unknown is like a roller-coaster tunnel with no bright sunshine of a job in sight. One day you’re up; the next day you’re down. The thought of it all leaves you exhausted and sick to your stomach. I should know. Unemployment has happened to my husband and me four times.
Well, if this is where you find yourself too, take heart. The Bible says when God’s children call out to Him in their distress, He hears and comes to their aid. Sometimes He acts instantaneously, but sometimes His timetable takes a little longer. Yet He is always faithful to provide for His children. While you’re waiting for His plan to unfold, my hope is the Bible verses, inspirational stories, helpful checklists, journalstyle questions, and encouraging words in this book will help you ride The Roller Coaster of Unemployment.
God’s blessings be yours.
—S. M. Hupp
This excerpt was taken from The Roller Coaster of Unemployment: Trusting God for the Ride
© 2010 by Sarah M. Hupp
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