The Summer of Letting Go and Letting God

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Facing hard times in life is difficult. When I lost my job last year, I took some time to just grieve that moment. I knew it was coming because business had slowed down, and the magazine industry I was in had slowed as a whole during the economic downturn of 2010 and 2011, so at least I could see the signs.  Plus, my supervisor had thankfully given me a heads up that the company was losing a large client and she would not be able to continue to support the amount of people she currently had on her team. Since I was telecommuting from home and wasn’t even in the same city as the office, I knew I would be the first to be released.

Once I took that moment to grieve, I started looking towards the future. While I love having everything in life plotted meticulously down to the minute, I was going to have to let that go. And that would probably be a good thing! I was going to have to look confidently towards the unknown future, knowing that God had something planned. I just didn’t know what that was. Would I find another job? Would it be in the same field? Would I be able to get into a field I enjoyed more? Would this be the time to go back to school for a Masters degree?

The main thing I became convicted of as I prayed over and thought about the situation, was that this job loss was a little glitch in my well-organized life – it was a gap between opportunities. I just had to keep my faith and prepare for the right opportunity that would present itself. I spoke with a friend of mine, who encouraged me to by mentioning that the timing was a blessing, as I lost my job right as the school year was ending and summer was beginning. We talked about how fast childhood goes and that a summer spent with the kids, especially my youngest, Princess, would be well worth the loss of income for three months.

It was so true! I enjoyed a wonderful summer with the kids. I took Princess to swim lessons every morning for six weeks and enjoyed time swimming with her afterwards. I think she learned more swimming with the other kids afterwards than she did in class and we had a lot of fun in the pool. I was able to take the older kids to their friends’ homes and host friends at our home. My stepdaughter also came in for a month-long visit and we were able to visit a lot of tourist attractions and spend much more time together than we would have had I been working.

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At the end of the summer, remarkably I got a contract position in my field and first love of writing. I was also able to take on a number of courses in the community college where I taught part-time. The summer of letting go and letting God stayed in my heart as our family transitioned into the school year, supplies and schedules.

4 thoughts on “The Summer of Letting Go and Letting God

  1. Heather, you wrote this at the perfect time. I am so busy with my life I had stopped my daily bible read, putting everyone else first. I meditated/prayed yesterday for guidance and structure! in my topsy turvy life right now. (Sound familiar?) I read my bible last night, let God in and lead (and you know that is hard for me to give up leading to anyone!). I slept the best in weeks. You are so right. We worry all the things in life and forget that we have a silent leader and listener. Thank you for the post, I so needed the reminder! Taking your lead and will have some fun with my transitional summer!

    1. That does sound familiar! 🙂 I’m glad you are getting back to the Bible reading and that this came at a good time. Yay for being in sync! Definitely enjoy this transitional summer – it’s all going to work out great!!

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