Just Call Me Job-Jill

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Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. —Isaiah 43:19, NKJV

Maybe you have heard about Murphy’s Law, a popular adage that states, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” After being retrenched in 2018, a series of situations that I went through made me feel as though I were living under Murphy’s Law.

You see, when life is fine and things are going the way you want, it is easy to be joyful and full of praise. But when the trials come and we go through our crucibles, that is when our faith is put to the test. So after becoming unemployed, I experienced a range of health challenges that resulted in having to visit various health professionals—the general practitioner, rheumatoid specialist, orthopedic surgeon, physiotherapist, and eventually, a naturopathic doctor.

By this time, I told my family and friends who were my source of strength that maybe I should change my name to Job-Jill. I felt as though I could now fully understand what Job had gone through in facing his trials.

As if that wasn’t enough, COVID-19 emerged on the scene, and the country went into lockdown. While all this was taking place, my two sons were accepted into university. Formerly, on our island of Trinidad and Tobago, we had free tuition; however, when that changed, I was required to pay a percentage of the tuition. Yes! It really seemed as though everything was going wrong. But God always makes a way. Oh yes! God did make a way! Here are some of the things He did. He answered our prayers for my healing.

He came through with employment for my husband after the lockdown was lifted. He provided faithfully—just as He had promised.

As Isaiah states in our scripture reading for today, He truly made a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. There are many times we go through difficult situations, and we question God, but it can take challenges such as the ones Job faced to truly discover who God is, all He has done, and all He is willing to do. Then our response will be, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25, NKJV), “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You” (Job 42:2, NKJV).

My friends, our God is able!

Jill Springer-Cato

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