Jasper and Tong-Kwang, thank you for your prayers. The layoff period of our company is over, and I have just heard I have kept my job.
During the company’s layoffs, I dreamed of being with my brothers and sisters in Christ from the church in Taiwan for two nights, and in the dreams I spoke in Chinese (Usually, in my dreams I speak in English), recently I have been thinking about what my dreams may mean. I also thought that sometimes God was trying to lead me to do certain things, and those things were time-effective. If we miss action during that period of time or if we don't do said action, we will miss out on the grace, God wants to give us. It is my guess that my dreams should tell me that although the brothers and sisters in Christ are far away from me, the body of Christ is not dependent on the distance, and that they want me to see Gods glorious grace that prayer can bring. I didn’t want to miss the nudge God put to me, so I asked you to pray for me.
A few days later, I was notified that my name was to be included in the list of potential redundancies. This was beyond my expectation. Many of my colleagues were also as shocked as I was, because based on my proven performance and ability for the company, I shouldn’t be in this situation. During the redundancy period, company gave redundancy candidates an opportunity to challenge their predicament. Of course, I also mentioned all my accolades I did for the company in this opportunity, and I reminded them that I have a near perfect work performance score for last year. Thankfully, my line manager agreed with me, but he would need to discuss with other higher-level managers. During this period, in addition to my line manager standing with me, other managers gave me solidarity and a client also came out my aid.
Around a fortnight later, I still had not heard about my situation. Then my line manager called me privately and told me that my fate had reached the higher-level presidents level, and they didn’t want to remove me from the redundancy initial list, which left me feeling very un-optimistic, but my supervisor reassured me that he would continue to fight for me. I also realised that the company’s "Challenge system" was just superficial, so those who would be redundant had been decided internally, so no matter how much advantageous evidence you provide, they would still make you redundant. Then I also heard that no one succeeded in this “challenge system”.
So as early as two weeks ago, all the people who were to be made redundant, had been and only my case was still undecided. During this period of time, I really had to depend on God every day, because I really didn't know what my future would be, and I lost my direction for the future. So I challenged myself and learned new things during this time, including how I should learn to trust God on the invisible things/promises; and don’t look at difficulties/problems, but look at God, because God has got a plan for every outcome, and situation.
I received written confirmation from my line manager this morning telling me that I am no longer at risk of being made redundant. Which came as a massive relief & weight off my shoulders. It has let me reflect back to what I have learned and witnessed during this period. I have not asked others to pray for me for a long time, but after all of this, I saw the wonder of prayer, and how prayer can really shake God’s hand, and removes the mountain of problems. Usually I only believe in what I can see, but God wants me to learn that I can't see the future in this uncertain time, but just need to trust and hold on tight to Gods hand as he walks me down the path he has laid out for me/us all.
Thank you very much for your prayers.