Two years ago today I announced that our job search was over and Josh had accepted a new position after nearly 4 months of unemployment. (See the TimeHop pic below!)
Well, today I'm thrilled to announce the exact same great news!
It's weird, right? Spooky and wonderful, honestly. My husband's contract was not renewed at the school he worked at due to budgetary reasons back in July, so we've been unemployed for the last three months.
It is with great pride that I tell you he's accepted a position as Marketing and Business Development Coordinator at a local engineering firm! He starts October 12th, and prayers as he transitions to this new position would be greatly appreciated.
As I read back over my post about his new job from 2 years ago, God reminded me how His truth is timeless. Here is an excerpt from that post that rings completely (albeit, eerily) true again today. Thank you for celebrating this news with us!
And here's where I get real honest with you. Here's the part where you are feeling all "oh, how nice that worked out for you" and I'm about to blow that thought right out of the water for you...so, just keep reading.
The night before we got the job, God told me something. He said, plain and simply, "You know that if he gets this job it doesn't solve your problems, right? Only I can do that." I kind of brushed that off and said another prayer for the job, and then I BEGGED God for the job and then I thanked God and still said "but, please God, seriously, please let him get this job". I didn't quite let what God told me sink in all the way. I wanted Josh to get that job. It would be a problem solved, and so my heart and mind were set on that.
Then, he got the job. And, I felt relief. I felt joy. But...I didn't feel any more secure than I had the day before. In fact, neither Josh nor I jumped up and down like we had in the past when much smaller victories were won (You got a call baaaack!!!! You got an interviewwwww!!!) Not this time. This time was different.
Josh got the job. Hallelujah. But, that's not the victory here. The victory - the moral to the story - is the three and a half freaking months that came before the job. The miracle is the survival, the journey, the long road of impatience and questions and doubting. The loving marriage that sustained the waves of tumultuous worry. The food on the table brought by friends. The cards of encouragement and support sent by loved ones. The pride found in working a blue-collar job. The strength of a family cared for by a community and body of Christ. THAT'S OUR VICTORY.
I never could have guessed it. Even a few weeks ago I could have told you what this blog post could have looked like - a long and relentless bragging about my husband and how awesome he is and how good God is for rewarding his efforts. No. Not at all. Don't get me wrong - Josh is my hero - but, we're giving credit where credit is surely due, and that goes entirely to Jesus.
Here's something else - Satan hates it when we give Jesus the credit. And today, just as we were eager to awake with feelings of assurance and celebration, we were spiritually attacked from all sides as Satan did his best to steal our joy and distract us from the goodness of God. I'm really being honest here, gang. Today was ROUGH. Even my daughters were stressed out and overly emotional and the littlest things seemed like the end of the universe in our home. Each one of us was in a terrible mood, annoyed and frustrated, irrationally snappy and completely out of sorts.
We literally had to stop in the middle of our morning and pray aloud in our living room to just invite the Holy Spirit to be present with us, to help us focus on His peace and faithfulness, and to not let anything distract us from the beauty of the moment and the assurance of God's goodness.
But, here we are. We are here to CELEBRATE and let you know that God IS good. Wholly good. And the job is wonderful...but, it is merely a facet in the structure that is our lives as they should be lived out according to God's will. We are grateful - but, not fooled by the false sense of security that money and benefits offer in this world. We are humbled, and we are sincerely blessed by the long three and a half months where our faith was stretched far beyond the boundaries of our liking.
Thank you, thank you, thank you - to each of you who prayed for us, supported us, encouraged us, and fought the good fight through the victory of the wait.
God is using us here. God has big plans for us. God is good - really - all the time.
We're so grateful to celebrate God's goodness with you!