Might I ask you a favor? Well, I’m going to go ahead and ask for it anyway whether you like it or not. It is actually going to be several favors, some more important than others.
Can we have some stability in oil and gas right now? I would love for oil prices to be higher than what they are today. I’m not asking for $120/barrel or anything, maybe at least $50? If that can’t be possible, maybe at least stabilize things just a wee bit. No one has any idea what is going on and people are contradicting each other. It is hard to get an idea of what the future holds.
You see, a lot of us oilfield families have been bruised and battered in the last 12-18 months. We have lost jobs. People are hurting and marriages are struggling. Strong men who are used to being able to provide for their families are now struggling to do so. Egos are bruised and people are feeling beat down.
If we can’t stabilize the industry right now, then I pray for direction and peace for my fellow oilfield families. I read the other day that 122,000 jobs have been lost. I’m sure a lot of those people are confused and don’t know what direction to take. Can they have some peace and reassurance from you that things will get better? Maybe not right this second, but maybe in a few months? If the outlook in energy is not great, please provide them with other job opportunities.
Can you show these people that there are positive things from this experience? Can we have marriages grow stronger through these troubled times and not fall apart? Can couples become more financially savvy and learn from these times that saving and living below means are crucial?
Maybe I’m asking for too much. I just know that people are fighting for their jobs and worried about putting food on the table for their children. I know that when money becomes tight, other problems become exacerbated. I know that under pressure, tempers have an even shorter fuse. I know that people will turn to whatever means necessary to relieve some of the pressure. I hope it can be good things and they do not cause harm to themselves or others.
I know that the hard times are where we learn, grow, and become better people. It still sucks to go through the difficult times though. I hope that you will help people to know that they are not alone in this.
2016, I’m going to ask you the most important request of all. Can you show my fellow oilfield families that God loves them and is there for them no matter how turbulent times may be? He has a plan for each and every one of us even though it may not make sense in the moment.
I know that there is fear, uncertainty, worry, stress, anger, resentment, tears, and depression. There are also rays of hope, moments of happiness, and thinks to be thankful for always.
2016, give my fellow oilfield families a bit of hope this year.