God, in His unending grace, mercy and love, has provided.
So I thought I'd give you, who have been so kind and prayed for me, an update.
Last February I wrote a letter to my employer, formally letting them know I did not agree with their plans of firing me. This, by the way, is simply the normal procedure in the Netherlands. If you don't write such a letter, you forfeit your right to unemployment benefits. I had first talked to my director, letting him know of my plans to write such a letter and also making sure he knew that I wasn't spiteful or anything. He agreed that writing the letter would be normal procedure and the smart way to go for me in my situation.
I felt I didn't really have any formal, legal grounds to actually "win" this, so I decided to simply be honest and vulnerable, telling them why I felt that their decision just wasn't "right," providing them with my arguments, thoughts and
feelings on the topic but no formality or "legalese." I knew I would loose this struggle if it were just up to us humans, that there was no way I would not
be fired in the end, and that only God could save me from my predicament.
And He did, praise Him.
For two weeks ago He changed my director's heart, even making him actually come to me
to tell me about it (instead of calling me to his office, which he would normally do).
It was like my director's head was still holding on to his own opinion, approaching me and telling me that he was right and I was not, and that there was no reason at all that they shouldn't let me go. But then, surprisingly, he continued by telling me that he had read my letter and wanted to liberate me from this threat of loosing my job next year. He literally told me he felt the situation was very hard on me and he wanted to take the stress and worry away from me. So, he had decided to give me a job as a policy advisor on topics concerning the social domain (so things like welfare, poverty reduction etc.).
So his head seemed to be saying, No, tough luck, but God had actually, really, softened his heart which made him decide to give me a new job anyway.
And I didn't even have to formally apply for that job, mind you. He just threw it into my lap (which is actually totally against our own company procedures).
This job normally comes with a lower salary than I've been used to up until now, but on top of everything else my director told me he had also decided that I would keep
my current pay inspite of that.
Wow, right? I mean, just.... wow.
God is SO great, I don't have the words for it.
So I'll just go with Psalm 23, which says it all. The LORD is my shepherd ; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.I'm citing the King James btw, because of Cissy Houston's rendering of this Psalm, singing it word for word in the KJV translation and this way when I read it in KJV, I hear the melody in my head. (If you get the chance, listen to that great song, it's from the soundtrack of Whitney Houston's The Preacher's Wife).