Making the Team
Words from KA: Last month I wrote about my mom being laid off from her job of nearly 30 years and how it came as such a surprise. This occurring was a reminder that sometimes God gives us a plan that does not seem like much of a plan at all. This was a needed reminder that sometimes God adds to your life by the things and people He decides to remove. My mom was gracious enough to share the valuable lesson she learned after God decided to shake her life up a bit. How do you rise to the occasion when you don't make the cut?
We've all been involved in a game or activity where teams were chosen. Usually the captains select the best players first and those left at the end are the more average players- the space holders . Recently my company underwent a buyout and as a result I was laid off.
Fast forward a few weeks later and I'm over the initial shock. You see, I had worked there for almost three decades and they were the only employer I had since college. I had always been very dedicated to my work and took pride in it. I really had worked my tail off.
So, when it was time for the team to be chosen, how could the captain fail to choose me? Weren't the best players supposed to be picked? Based on my work ethic, how could I possibly be the unwanted player?
Let's face it, if I had doubted myself that captain would have me thinking I was inefficient and lacking. I would really be feeling like a loser right now. However the lesson that others who have been through similar situations can get from this is that it's not always about us-it's about them.
No one wants to be outplayed, out shined, or outdone.
I put faith in God who is the ultimate captain. This was His plan and He has something better. Two days after the layoff, I attended church. The service started with a song that gave me confirmation.
Freedom. No more shackles . No more chains . No more bondage. I am free!