A Rock and A Hard Place

So unemployment sucks.

Carey was laid off just before Christmas due to a merger at his firm and it was such a blow, completely unexpected. He has been networking, interviewing, exploring so many possibilities. Currently he is doing some temp work which we are so grateful for. But the uncertainty of it all is sometimes a bit much. It is a stressful time.

We each go through cycles of emotions- sometimes together, sometimes at different times. There is hope, stress, anxiety, faith, excitement, fear, disappointment, worry.. etc. 

The last couple of days has been a little more stressful as we are trying to decide about possibly staying on permanently with his current temp job. It wouldn’t be ideal. It wouldn’t even really be permanent because it is not what he wants to do long term. But it would give us those medical benefits and the security of a paycheck. It would also severely limit his ability to pursue other avenues.

Last night while we were talking, I thought about the phrase being stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you have to decide between two things, and neither is really ideal.

I didn’t like that. The idea that no matter what you choose things are going to suck, just doesn’t fit in with the way I view life.

Through the night, another way of looking at the phrase developed in my mind.

The rock. pictures-of-jesus-1128833-print

What if we look at the rock as our Savior.

I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity…

Moses 7:53

The hard place is any time of trial or hard situation we are in. Which, because we are mortal, there will be many of those situations in our lives.

The good news is, because Christ is Christ, He will also always be there. And if we have him and his gospel as our foundation, there is no need for that fear and anxiety. Only hope.

Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

D&C 6:34

When we first learned that Carey was getting laid off, it was like a punch to the stomach. But at the same moment of the punch, there was an underlying peace. A trusting that things would work out and that we would be supported through this time. A remembrance of a proven track record of seeing God’s hand in each of our lives.

In times of trouble, when we are in that hard place, we can look to our Rock for strength and guidance.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalms 18:2-6

bible-video-jesus-peter-water-1432838-printThere’s always that choice, no matter the situation, to let Christ help you. His vision is greater than ours. He will see us through.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalms 61:2