A Blessing in the Recession

The national unemployment rate in the United States is at an all-time high. Even worse, the unemployment rate for the African-American Community is at an even more alarming rate. According to CNN Money, the unemployment rate for Blacks is at an alarming 16.7 percent.  This is a very disturbing trend. What is even more disturbing, I am somewhere in that 16.7 percent unemployed. I have been that way for over 26 months now. My last two jobs have suffered tremendously due to funding and cutbacks. In Alabama, the local numbers here are even worse due to speculated racial inequality for jobs.  I have placed resumes and applications with grocery stores, fast-food chains, and gas stations with no employment gained. Now my unemployment extensions have reached their last extensions. And did I also mention I am a single parent? I know you are wondering, “How could this be a blessing?” Keep reading and I will tell you.

In the beginning of being unemployed, I became depressed.  Who wouldn’t? As a degree holding single mother, I was taught to be independent.  As I started to receive rejection letters and dead-end interviews, I was reminded of God’s unfailing and undying love for me. All throughout the Bible, we are constantly reminded that, “He will never leave us nor forsake us”. And He also stated clearly in Philippians 4:19, KJV, “But my God shall supply ALL our needs according to His riches in Glory “.  So, yes, I am blessed!  Since I have been unemployed, I have NEVER missed a car payment, my car has NEVER broken down, my child has NEVER been sick, we both have NEVER missed a meal, I have a roof over my head,  and don’t let me forget about my all expense paid trip to Jamaica! My brother often teases me because he has never heard of an unemployed person going on a vacation! The list goes on and on and on. God has truly blessed me with some God-fearing, Christ-filled people in my life.  My parents are a big part of the equation. I also lost a couple of friends and gained a couple of friends as well. This recession has allowed me to see who my true friends are and for that I am GRATEFUL.  God has supplied all of my needs and he has never allowed me to beg for bread. And most importantly, I am closer to Him more now than ever. What an awesome God I serve!

I am sharing this with you to let you know that it’s better to count your blessings than to count your troubles. God has not forgotten about you, my sisters. We can rejoice together as we praise our way out into our defined destiny. The enemy has tried to remind me of my circumstances over and over again. He is a liar and the truth could never be in him. As I continue my employment search, I pray that God provides the BEST job for me. I used to care what others thought about me and my unemployment situation, but I see they are confused as to how I am still keeping it together. This testimony is for my Sister still seeking and looking for work. Yes, you may get tired. Yes, you may even get weary but if you will recall God also says in Galatians 6:9, English Standard Version, “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we will reap if we do not give up”. I constantly remind myself of this when the going gets tough. As I have expanded my search nationwide, I have an interview in Charlotte at the first of the month and I pray this is the job of all jobs. So hang in there, do not give up. There is a Blessing in this recession! This recession is your “trying fire” and those who believe in Him will come out as pure gold. Your testimony will help someone else who may be on the edge. I hope this article has blessed you. Remember, hold on just a little while longer…help is on the way.




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  1. Dee says:

    Great article. It was very inspiring. I will pass this on to a family member going through the same predicament. God bless!

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