I had a Job. You may say, “What a crummy way to start off your post” but that’s only the beginning…
It all started in December of 2010 when my Pastor decided that the church had become sufficient enough, in the technology department, that they did not need me to be on their payroll any longer. He brought it up to me and I was 100% for his vision.
On January 3, 2011, the search for a new job was on. I looked everywhere and found nothing. It seemed that everywhere I turned all I could see is signs that said, “NOW HIRING BUT WE DON’T WANT TO HIRE BRANDON JONES!” Was it my resume? No, I got several compliments! Was it my qualifications? Maybe, but I didn’t shoot for high positions! “What could it be?” I asked myself.
Getting desperate, I called the Florida unemployment offices and tried to see if I could get some money from them. A month goes by, but still no money. It was later that week I got a phone call and they said that I am not eligible for unemployment. You talk about a slap in the face! The government wastes so much money on people that claim to be needy (and I know people who do have needs) and really are not. I just figured since I fit the criteria for unemployment than I should be able to take part in this government program. There I was… no job and no paycheck. I felt hopeless until some words of encouragement lifted my spirit.
I made up my mind that the last half of February I was going to find a job, no matter what it takes! March rolls around, several interviews later and no job. However, I did get some insight on a career that sounded quite profitable. It was like God had placed a door right in front of me.
Through your journey, though it may be rough, there will be a door, but you will have to make the decision whether to open it or not. I made a decision that I am going to take the tests and state exams necessary to pursue this career… God put a door there and I opened it! Now I am employed where I wanted to be.
You see a lot of people like to say that they live on easy street, but there’s no easy street to heaven. I don’t know where I heard this from, if I heard this from any one, but there’s an expression I like to say, “When you hear knocking, open the door!” Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him…” All it takes to open a door is courage, but it takes effort to walk through the door. You see a lot of people will sit back and listen to the knocking, insomuch, that they will become accustomed to the sound and ignore it. Never become accustomed to the sound of God knocking on your heart!