I've sometimes grown tired of the scripture everyone loves to quote (Romans 8:28), which says:
"And we know
that in all things God works for the good
of those who love him,
who have been called
according to his purpose."
Sometimes it just seems so far fetched to look at every bad situation and think that God is using it to work some "good". However, in the life of my family right now, I am seeing God's hand all over the place!
David and I were talking yesterday about how "coincidental" it has been that he lost his job when he did. (It's all God)
Since that Monday, we have discovered that his boss actually fired him so he could take David's position and so someone else could have the bosses position, and they could all live happily ever after. Isn't that special! Little do those weasels know - God used them like pawns in a chess game, to play out the steps that were needed to move David from this company, that is about to crater.
(Thank you, Lord!)
It seems that everyday God is revealing more reasons why David needed to be moved, such as: the company is in, yet another, selling phase, where they will actually lose an entire state of offices, and they are plagued by extremely bad management and they have a horrible reputation. This is all very different from the original company that David was hired by, 10 years ago.
But, God does that! He uses extreme measures sometimes, to get us to move. Was He telling David before all of this, to get out? I believe he was. For the past year, David has been in a new position and was miserable. He had gone from loving his job of 9 years, to dreading work every day. But, God knew the perfect timing and how it would all play out, and he went to work on David's behalf.
Because of the way it all went down, David was given "In lieu of notice" pay and severance, which allowed him the time to look for another job and still get paid. Had he stayed until something severe happened, you just never know if he would have been offered anything.
He's had some great opportunities come up (interviews) and we are in the waiting phase right now. But, that's ok, because this has been an amazing 3 weeks of time spent with family.
He and the boys have been working together in the lawn care business (thanks to a friend) and it's been a great experience for everyone.
I can't quit thinking of how God was preparing me for scaling down, long before we knew about the job loss!
I look at all the things God put in place, unbeknownst to me, and I marvel at his love for his children.
He is taking care of us, in ways we know nothing about, long before we even know what it's all about.
So, my point in this post today (even at the risk of repeating myself) is to encourage everyone to ride the waves of life, with an open hand and open heart. It may seem that something crazy is going on, or that your life has taken an unexpected turn, but if you are a child of God, then he is up to something! He sees the big picture and is putting all the pieces in place.
God is at work and it WILL work together for your good, if you trust in him and stick close. I know all circumstances are not pleasant and many are downright scary and heartbreaking. I won't ever understand these things. But, I trust God. I can't help it. He comes through, time and time again, and I have no choice but to believe in him.
As I sit here typing this today, I hear David on the front porch, talking with my 13 year old, telling him how your faith must be in God, not any job. Talk about life lessons for these boys!
"God, you are so amazing! I may not understand all the reasons and ways you do things, but I trust in your character and your track record. Thank you for working in my life, even when I wasn't paying attention."
Have a blessed day today and look with open eyes and expectation! God is at work all around you!