Newly married, we moved into our little second-floor apartment on South Avenue in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. So excited to start our life together, I can still see the exterior of that house. The ugly asbestos shingles and pepto-bismal pink trim were hideous, but to me… our new home was beautiful for I had painstakingly planned every detail of our lives. But about two weeks after our honeymoon, my husband Jim arrived home with a big surprise. I pray this week’s story sheds glimmers of hope.
So what was that unexpected news?
He was laid off.
Within three months, Jim found employment, but he had to drive t.w.o. l.o.n.g. h.o.u.r.s. each way every day to get there. Eventually his job led into sales, and I was elated because he could work from home. Filled with excitement, we bought our first house. However, within the year… Jim lost his job again.
The big difference this time though, was that I now idolized my career and my new house. Sadly, my poor decision forced my biochemist husband to roll up his sleeves to accept whatever job he could find. He worked in sales, selling money mailer coupons, insurance and windows. He worked as a store clerk at the airport, and he even returned to school hoping to start another career. How I deeply regret my selfishness and the cost of that choice!
One day Jim and I thought it was God’s plan to start a business. We had such high hopes, but alas… that didn’t work out either. Picking up the pieces, Jim rode a bicycle to work at a pizza joint as we now had to believe God for another set of wheels.
Blessed with a 1980 Chevette, Jim received a temporary job as a production engineer with Allied Signal. We were so thankful ; it seemed like this was the long-awaited answer. Yet, that job wasn’t it either.
For years, I prayed that God would forgive me and restore Jim’s job situation into a blessing for our family. So many times I wondered if we missed God.
Unwilling to give up, Jim took another small step of faith. Reading in the classified ads about jobs available for persons with Visual Basic skills, he started a self-study program every morning at 4am. I have never seen such determination and eventually these new skills landed Jim a temp job. It was the beginning of a new career, and one job led to another, each one better than the last.
Today he works for the Bayer Corporation as a Global Business Intelligence Strategy Manager. It took almost twenty years for this job to happen, and it truly is better than I could have ever imagined. So why do you think God took so long?
Probably it was never really about the job. It was about the journey. God wanted me to give up my control issues, stop complaining and put family before things. He desired for me to know that I could trust Him with each day and all my tomorrows.
So let’s start the conversation. What is God teaching you on your journey?