Listening to reports in the news recently about redundancies, I was reminded of a time many years ago when I faced redundancy, with all the distress and uncertainty this experience can bring.
My husband and I had only been married for a couple of years, and I was working in a local Estate Agents' office. I had been there for quite a while, and was very happy in my work. One day, out of the blue, I was told I was being made redundant. Instinctively, I turned to God for an angel thought to help me deal with the sense of shock and fear that tried to engulf my thinking. Immediately, Mrs. Eddy's words came to thought, "There is no redundant drop in the cup our Father permits us". I realised that as a child of God, I could never feel redundant or useless, that I was always about my Father's business, expressing His qualities in a unique and meaningful way. I recalled Mrs. Eddy's words, "God guides every event of our careers". If that was true, then I could trust my Father-Mother to place me where I was most needed. As the Bible reassures us, "I go to prepare a place for you".
My employment at the Estate Agents was duly terminated, but instead of frantically looking around for another job, I remained at home, quietly confident that God was working His purpose out, and that only good was in store for me.
A week later, the phone rang, and I found myself talking to the then Headmistress of Claremont School. After a brief chat, she asked me where I was working. I explained that I had recently been made redundant, and was hoping to find another job before long. This dear lady then said, "We have a vacancy here at Claremont for an Assistant Housemother, and your name keeps coming to thought. I feel you have just the qualities we are needing in the Home Department, caring for our young boarders...would you consider applying for the job?"
I knew immediately that this was the answer to my prayers. Without hesitation, I said I would love to work at Claremont, especially as I had been a pupil at the school some years previously, and it held a very special place in my heart. Within a few days I started my new job as an Assistant Housemother in the Senior School, where I remained for eight very happy years, only leaving not long before the birth of our first son.
Mrs. Eddy writes, "The 'divine ear' is the all-hearing and all- knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied".