When I was no longer employed, I thought I would take a few months and figure out what I wanted to do next and spend some much-needed time with my family. I had the money from my retirement that was coming in and I had decided to drive for Uber and become a player in the “gig economy.”
Things were tight, but they were fine. Thanks most to my wife, the economic genius of the family.
Everything rocked along fine until Coronavirus Disease 2019 reared its ugly head.
I drove for a little while after this all started but decided that I would not drive for the sake of my family and for the health of my father.
Everyone is being hit by this. We still do our part by picking up to-go meals at local restaurants that we would normally try and frequent. We are patiently waiting for the economy to open back up.
God was once again providing money to keep us afloat and our needs were being met. I was reminded of Matthew 6:26 – “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
We are still in the midst of “social distancing” and “safer at home” quarantining so the job search has been put on hold as I begin to explore the possibility of going full tilt into consulting.
Several old website clients reached out and consulting work has begun to come in again.
I still pursue job opportunities, but I am more selective now about which ones to chase. I lean more toward virtual and not in-office jobs. I also look at gigs instead of full-time. I’m figuring that a person of “my experience” might do better in the gig economy instead of direct hire.
Now…should God open a direct hire opportunity I would be interested. I need to practice what I preach and be open to anything He places in front of me and makes available.
I was once challenged by a pastor friend of mine to write a life statement. This was to be something that I lived my life by. After weeks of prayer and reflection I came up with something very simple. “I am to be a sailing ship.”
What I mean this is that I need to be at and about whatever God has called me to do at this time in my life. I should continue working and growing, using this time to hone my skills and develop new ones, until God’s wind moves me to another location.
For now, I will continue to try and grow my business, possibly file for my LLC and explore a consulting career. That is until God moves me to where He wants me. There is something very freeing about not holding white-knuckled onto the rudder and letting God control my life.
It’s amazing how much better my life is when I let go and let God and keep my fingerprints off things.