I am so thankful to the Lord for all He’s done in my life. I want to share my Covid experience with you. I didn’t have the virus itself but Covid definitely affected my job. During Covid, I was retrenched. This was during the time my son was born. I had an option to either leave the job or stay and do something less than what I do and obviously earn less than what I do. So during this time, my son was born and it was already tough because you’re working from home, it’s a stressful environment and I have to be present with my family.
They then told me at work that I am the only person they will be retrenching in the marketing department as my position became redundant. Someone joined after I did in the marketing department but I sat there and wondered, why am I being retrenched? However, I didn’t fight it because I needed to think of a way to support my family; a better way to sustain my family. I opted for demotion where I received less pay and started working in production and packaging and to think of it, it was demoting to my spirit as well, to go from where I was to where I found myself. I walked into my workplace and people saw me in the previous department and I get asked so many questions and no one knows I am the only one who was retrenched and they expected me to walk in shame but because of the Lord, I walked in His glory and His worship that He has instilled in me. Every single day I had to go through that and at the end of the day, I opted to take my computer home and I started my own business. I did odd jobs in terms of logos and this was just to sustain us, to make that extra money that was cut from my salary. It became very difficult. It took every night staying up till 3am, working extra hours and even working during my working hours. I just worked and worked, so much so that I sometimes forgot about my family and to top it off, I have a new born.
I became so despondent and discouraged but there is always a way. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what you go through. This was the scripture that I had on my desk, Colossians 3 verse 23 to 24. ”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward, it is the Lord Christ you are serving, not man”. And every single day, walking in shame I still knew that I’m not doing this for anybody else. I’m doing this for the Lord and one day I will get out of here and manage to do something else.
I did my own business, and as time went on I was back in church actively but even in this time, I had to work every day, extra hours, up till 3am and honestly, this drained me. I remember I spoke to Pastor and mentioned the need for a new job as this would sustain us better and would also give me time to spend with my family. I can do everything else but my family still comes first. I then got a job offer at a new company and I was asking the Lord, do I accept this? Because I was hoping to become permanent at this job. Or should I just stay where I am, work hard and hope for the best? I took the job and said, Lord, I’m doing this and I know that you are with me. You remind me every day of that scripture that I work for you and nobody else. I took the job, three months went by, and I am still not permanent. Nobody came forward to tell me if I’m becoming permanent or not. Imagine sitting every day and wondering if what you are putting in is enough.
And again, I was reminded, work at it with all your heart as if you were doing it for the Lord. You may not get this job, I told myself, but work at it with all your heart. On Friday, I spoke to HR and enquired. I was uncertain about my future there. This was my prayer; as found in Romans 5 verse 3-4. “We also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance; character and character; hope”. And my hope in the Lord brought my answer. On Friday, I was made permanent. Again, we don’t do it for anyone else, but for the Lord. I am not a perfect man but in the Lord I know that He is there with me, at all times, through whatever I go through. The Lord is good, all the time.