Monday, February 16, 2009

On Patience

So we have found ourselves in a very common group these past few weeks- unemployed. Well...Randy...not me so much.

About 4 weeks ago Randy called home to tell me that his job was getting cut. I was fine with that thinking he'd have another job within at least a week. At first I thought, "hey, we can get through this!" God has us right where He wants us and is going to take care of us.

Now 4 weeks later we're starting to get a little stir crazy. He has 4 recruiters working for him and a few dozen resumes out there. It gets a little tense at times. Last week we started to get a little stressed. We were getting to the end of our severance and hadn't had so much as an inquiry about a job.

Then came Friday. I got up to start our day and checked my email. I get an alert from our bank daily about deposits and there happened to be one from Randy's former employer. I thought it was a mistake, but Randy emailed and confirmed that we had one more paycheck. Our tax refund came through on the same day. Randy got emailed and called about 3 different job offers. I went to pay some bills and realized that I was a month ahead on everything.

All 4 of us have been reading a chapter from Proverbs a day and I also add that day's Psalm. This is what it said on the 13th (chapter 13 vs. 5-6 from The Message):

I've thrown myself headlong into your arms
I'm celebrating your rescue.
I'm singing at the top of my lungs, I'm so full of answered prayers.

Yesterday in our worship time, the pastor had a special time of prayer for all of those who are jobless. There were bracelets with names on them at the alter and you were encouraged to go get a bracelet so you could remember to pray for that person. We attend about a 2,000 member church and the alter was covered with hundreds of bracelets. I was floored.

Thanks to everyone who has been praying and especially our parents for their support and encouragement. We'll keep you updated!

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!