Have you ever hit a wall in your life? Been in a place where you just didn’t see any plausible options? Not sure at all about what to do next?
I’ve been there quite a few times, and I would expect that you’ve been there, too.
I was thinking about my career the other day and the thought of hitting the wall came to mind. I’m retired now and find myself still quite busy, but back in 1992-1993 things got a little dicey. My wife and I had just sold our software development company, Omni Industry Corp.. I was at a trade show in New York City trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life now that the company I had built was no longer mine.
While at the show, a competitor came up to me and asked me to go have a cup of coffee. I knew him casually and thought that it was weird that he’d want to talk to me since we had gone head-to-head on several business deals. At coffee he mentioned that he had heard I might be looking for a job. What? How did he know that? I hadn’t told anyone about my situation there at the show!
I replied that there could be a possibility and we agreed to talk at some point in the future if that was warranted. We then parted company & I headed back to Denver.
As so often happens, as part of the sale of my company, my wife, Gail, and I had to work for the buyer for a period of time to effect a transfer of knowledge & practices. Early in 1993, again, as so often happens, the buyer of Omni Industry and I had a major falling out. He agreed to finish paying me for the duration of my contract buy told me I no longer needed to come to the office to work. So now what do I do? I’m in my early 40s and have no job prospects on the table and no income. And feeling pretty alone and unwanted.
Interestingly, God had a plan for me and a productive pathway for the rest of my working life. Within a period of a couple weeks, I heard back from that competitor I saw in NYC and he wanted to offer me a job as either president or VP of sales for their company (I took the sales position). Long story short, I ended up working for that company for the next 23 years!
Following the sale of Omni, I was at a pretty low point in my life. I couldn’t imagine what I should do and, honestly, I didn’t really want to do much of anything different from I had been doing. I love sales, I love traveling, I love the publishing industry and computer software. Where was I going to find that combination ever again. But God already had a place in mind for me. I was able to do all those things for the next 23 years and was able to be happy & productive. I wasn’t exactly in a miry pit (see David (Psalm 40) or Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38)) but I was in a scary and unhappy place and with my thinking paralyzed and unproductive.
But God was clear-headed & full of grace in His plan for me. There are times, such as the time in my life I’m describing here, when I can’t even bring myself to put one foot in front of the other, let alone be creative and come up with logical options for the next phase of my life! But those are the very times we need to cry out to God and, in faith, know that He will hear our cries. And it’s usually absolutely amazing to find out what things He has in mind for us!
By: Lee Pierce