Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Our Big News
Finally I can tell you this!
Remember when Tom was laid-off from his job in August of 2010? Well, here's something I wrote within that first month:
"... Tom and I have felt such peace. We felt that peace on the train, too, and everywhere else we went on our vacation. Before leaving, God instructed us both to set aside the joblessness and just enjoy ourselves so, well, that's what we did. We didn't pretend everything was fine, but rather, we rested in knowing everything will be ok.
And now back at home? God is so with us and we're being so careful to watch our words and our thoughts--to keep them faith-filled and positive... and to put into practice all we have learned for the past forever, really."
After the loss of Tom's job, God majorly let me know that He'd be watching me. Closely. To see how I behaved, whether I handled this new-to-me phase according to all He'd invested into me. And I never forgot that or treated it lightly all those 20 months afterward.
Well, guess what?
Tom starts a new job tomorrow! He's now a control room operator at a power plant just one mile from our home. And something wild? They came looking for him.
About 4 weeks ago, Tom drove to our local supermarket (he almost never goes there), and at first he went into the restroom, then walked to the front of the store for a shopping cart. Another man was leaving the store at that moment, but stopped and called, "Tom? Tom _____?" Well, Tom turned around and it was a guy he'd met years ago at a different power plant--and now--he's the head of this plant near us, one they're starting-up again in hopes of selling it someday. He told Tom that another man, someone Tom worked with years ago, had been trying to call Tom about a job they needed filled, but the two phone numbers he used weren't getting through (being two old (old!) phone numbers of ours).
See, I told you our supermarket was a magical place. :)
And that's how it all began. Tom toured the plant that very afternoon and returned home with two huge binders of operating information. He applied a couple weeks later, waited, then received the job offer last week. And accepted it.
Of course, I've been sooooo wanting to tell you, but Tom asked me to wait until he passed the physical, etc., and until things were certain. So I waited. But eegads, was it ever rough! :)
When Tom told me he'd accepted the job, my first words were, "Hooray! Suzy Homemaker is back!!" For that means more to me than the money. Really.
Oh my. I'm so very grateful for all the lessons God taught us these past nearly-two-years! Lessons of what calm trust and real faith look like. And you know? The only times those months proved rough (after the first 2 days of initial shock) were when I'd complain about Tom's constantly being around the house. You know, when I wasted my creative energy murmuring rather than finding a workable solution and just being content.
The ability to be happy in the midst of change was always there--but I didn't always choose it.
But oh, how exciting to watch God care for us financially. I even kept a list on a diary page of the miracles, like, how our farm sold in 4 days and how we were able to pay cash for Hobbit Cottage and how God kept us from having any debt (even when many huge, surprise bills came along) and all the hundreds of dollars He helped me save with coupons and sales and the way He made cutting-back and making-do, well, fun.
What an adventure. A miracle-filled one.
And now a new journey begins! But for how long, we have no idea. Could be just a short time since the plant is up for sale--but whatever--Tom and I now have no fear in that area. We've faced the Laid-Off Mountain, survived it, even thrived during its conquering. And should we climb that mountain again, we'll be able to smile at each other with the assurance that another God-adventure of provision is coming.
And all shall be well.