Change is difficult for most people – even people who tend to like change. When it’s an unexpected and unwanted change like a job loss, it can be especially overwhelming. It forces us to face the unknown and go way out of our comfort zone. It can challenge our identity and trigger intense fear. It can be confusing and even leave us feeling completely isolated.
If you are facing a major change right now, I want to encourage you. Whether you lost your job, or you still have your job but lost coworkers, or you have to change positions, there is good news. What you’re facing is no surprise to God AND He is ready and able to get you through it.
Here are a few things you can do right now to calm your fears and get clarity on your next steps so you can move through this time of transition powerfully.
- Find someone to talk to. There are many people who have been where you are and would love to encourage and support you as you walk through this experience. Don’t do it alone. At a recent lunch for people in transition, one person suggested that we find someone in addition to a spouse to talk to since a spouse is usually impacted as well and may get anxious. Matthew 18:20 tells us that when two or three are gathered in His name, Christ is with them.
- Remember that God wants to help you. God is right there waiting for you to turn to Him. While the enemy wants you to be overwhelmed with fear, God wants to remind you that you are loved and He has great plans for you. John 10:10 tells us that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full! God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6).
- Pray God’s Word over your life. Here are just a few of the many encouraging verses you can pray and count on. Remember, God’s Word has power. It is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It never comes back void and accomplishes the purpose He desires to achieve (Isaiah 55:11). Pray persistently, especially when those fears come up.
- Keep your eyes on Jesus. In the midst of the storm, Peter walked on water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. It was when Peter focused on the storm that he began to sink (Matthew 14:22-33). You can keep your eyes on Jesus by reading what Scripture says about God’s promises to us. Think about all of the things God has done in your life. Then turn to Him and ask Him what He wants this part of your journey to look like. Don’t get distracted by the storm.
Change and loss can trigger a grieving process in us. You need to honor it by getting support, but be careful not to wallow in it. Turn to God for wisdom, direction and peace. Trust that God will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28), then praise Him for what He is doing in the midst of the storm (1 Thessalonians 5:18). You may be in a battle, but Jesus has already given us the ultimate victory (John 16:33). Walk in it and watch the Holy Spirit work on your behalf.