Hit hard times? What is in your Hand?

Posted by Matt on October 19th, 2009 filed in Faith, life, love, Work

Dad working on farm

Dad working on farm

My father was a man that believed a man is only a man if he supported his family.  Or at least did everything he could possibly do to try.  The Holy Bible even has a scripture about this in 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

In this day and age where it seems like so many want the government to do everything for them, many simply want to sit on their butt and have someone else provide for their house.  This drove my father nuts.

“There are jobs out there.  It may not be the job you want, but if your priority is to put food on the table and have a roof over your head, you can find something” he would always say.   My Dad was one that believed in a good days work.  He worked as a teenager and never stopped.  However, as stated in other posts, my father was NOT a workaholic.  He knew the balance.

If you are without a job and on the verge of losing everything or your family is forced to skip meals, I understand.  My wife and I have been through those times, when all you have is $5 to your name and crying babies in your arms.  It is in those times that we prayed hard.  I realized that I was “holding out” for the right job.

Dad with all of us at new built home 1980

Dad with all of us at new built home 1980

Dad talked to me about What’s in your hand……? And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. – Exodus 4:2

God appears unto Moses and shows him the enormous task he must undertake.. to stand before the King of Egypt and demand that he liberate the children of Israel from slavery.  Moses quickly realizes his inadequacy to take on this task.. but the Lord’s response to his fearful heart is what is that in your hand? Moses replies, a rod (walking stick) God then tells him to take that rod, because with it God would display his marvelous wonders…

The rod became a serpent in the sight of Pharaoh, the rod turned the waters into blood, the rod brought forth a plague of frogs,…Moses took the rod and smote the red sea, the sea was then divided in two and the children of Israel walked on dry land… God used an inadequate man and his rod to bring about some of the greatest miracles in the bible..

Need a job to make ends meet? Do you feel inadequate? God is asking you and me today, what is that in your hand? I want to do my miracles through you, and use whatever is in your hands to perform my miracles!!

I had to wake up and realize that my wife and kids depended on me to provide. When I looked into my daughter’s eyes one day when she was hungry and we had nothing, that was it.  I knew there was a job in construction/carpentry that I could do; however, I had done construction work before and hated it with a passion.  I mean it…I HATED IT.

I took the job and it wasn’t the money I was used to, however, it was something.  It got us through.  Within the next two months, a great job opened up that really fit me.  I went in the interview and the HR person said that the fact I was willing to do something I hated to provide for my family was impressive to them.  I got the job!

If you find yourself in this predicament, please consider looking at the “sucky” jobs that you could be doing to make it through.  Your family is worth it right?  It may even lead you to the connection of the perfect job.  As one who has been in charge of hiring people, when I see someone that “bucked up” in the rough times to make it through, I really respected the applicant and it showed that they had tenacity.

2 Responses to “Hit hard times? What is in your Hand?”

  1. Brian Says:

    Awesome post I love the real life application of the bible.

    “Dad talked to me about What’s in your hand……? And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. – Exodus 4:2 ”

    I think we all need some more of that Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please keep it coming man!

    Thank you 🙂

  2. micahmaranda Says:

    Beautiful writing Matt. You really reach the soul!!

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