Years ago I decided to trust God more. Trust is a hard thing for me–not something I give out lightly. Within days of making this decision to trust Him, I lost my job. I didn’t panic because I had God and some money from a tax refund to hold me over while I looked for a new job. The day afterI lost my job my car broke down and took every dollar of that tax refund. I really leaned on my faith until, one month later, I had my old job back and felt very much like I had passed a test.
Three years ago I was deliberating over whether or not to move from South Carolina to Chicago. I was reluctant to leave SC because I had a good job. I started praying for God to open/close doors. I was then laid off.
Last summer I was dating a guy and began to feel convicted that he wasn’t a Christian. So I simply started praying for God to work in his life. That same week we stopped seeing each other.
Why am I talking about this? Once again I am faced with an option to stay or leave Chicago. I have a good job here that I am not anxious to leave, so I started praying. I don’t know if you’ve heard in the news lately about ARPS or failed auctions, but (on top of our economic recession) it’s not the best time to be in finance. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll try to simplify it.
There is a certain fund for high-end investors. In this fund, you can only sell shares when people are willing to buy shares ( an auction). Usually there is a company (underwriters) to oversee this auction that will also pick up extra shares if there aren’t enough buyers to cover the sellers. They are under no obligation to do this, but always have to keep the fund operating smoothly. Because of things like the slump in the housing market, these underwriters are no longer willing to pick up the slack. If an auction is off by even 1 share, the entire thing will fail–meaning no one can sell their shares. Well, this happened. Money managers (like where I work) and broker-dealers are reeling because this has never happened before. I don’t know exactly how events are going to play out, but the phrase “belt tightening” has been used more than once.
I am not saying that this is a direct result of my prayer. It’s all a trickle-down from our flailing economy and people learning the hard way that sub-primes mortgages are a SCAM–and I sincerely doubt I have enough pull to cause something like that. (At least I hope not, or I’m gonna owe a lot of people so pretty intense apologies.) I just find the coincidence of it all to be… well, intriguing. The auction fail happened February 18th, the day after I started praying about whether or not to leave Chicago.