Additional "Unemployed" Articles


Seasons of Unemployment: Winter
Published: 4/5/2011 3:47:33 PM


It’s appropriate that as I write about the winter season I am in the middle of of what weathermen are calling the "Snowzilla” of all storms. Schools are called off, streets are empty, and the ground is all frosted with a thick layer of ice. Weather like this impacts everything surrounding it. When we are hit with weather like this our habits, work, and routines change.

Winter in the seasons of unemployment brings about change too. The search for jobs is dry. Rejection from submitted applications can feel cold. You feel stuck inside, afraid to step outside and risk more rejection.

Amidst all of these changes and adjustments, there is still good. Winter is a time of refining. It’s a time of evaluating. It’s a time of stripping down all that you are and have in order to grow something new. In John, Jesus speaks of how He is the vine and we are the branches. However, there is one key part to being a part of a vine: pruning. Pruning cuts back the extremities and allows the core to grow stronger. Such is the same for us. Sometimes God has to prune us to grow us closer in faith and love towards Him and His purpose for us. Pruning and being "stuck” in the winter might not be enjoyable, but remember, it is a season.

I’ve been in the winter of unemployment. I wonder. I shake my head in disbelief. But yet, I know God is working. I know he is working in the things I do now that I never could have done if I had a full time job. I know he is working in the people that I have gotten to know on a deeper level. I know he is working in my heart through my growing passion to know, serve, and live for him. Like the Israelites who struggled and waited, I too long for some good news. I long for something NEW-a job offer that will enable me to use my skills and abilities to serve God and others. I don't have that new job yet, however, but I have something else. I take comfort in the one thing that IS new that the Israelites also looked forward to: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19) The "new thing” is Jesus. He makes all things NEW. Only He can carry us through all the old problems and the long winters of life.

In the cold, icy winter we can also be reminded of the NEW LIFE we have in Christ as he covers us in pure white with his blood on the cross…just like the snow on the ground. He’s still working on me, forgiving my sins, even my times of doubt an keeping from giving up. He’s pruning me, but comforting me when I hit those dead ends. He’s refining me but giving me new perspective all along the way.

So if you’re in or headed for some "winter months”, remember that we have a God who’s love runs so deep for us that He gave us a Savior to make things new again and has a Spirit to keep working new in our lives everyday.