This combination, of steak and Fudgesicles, came to us the other evening, as a gift, from God.
Steak is pretty much my all time favourite food. LOVE IT!! I could go on and on about steak, but we'll just leave it at that! And well...Fudgesicles... I had seen an amazing deal on frozen treats in the grocery flyer a few weeks back, but the store never got the product in and so since then I have been craving sweet frozen treats! So the Fudgesicles, they're God's way of saying, "I love you! I may not give you exactly what you want but I hear you, I care about you and so be content in what I give."
But there is obviously more to the story, now isn't there...
And so here, my friends, is why these gifts arrived, hand delivered to our door. You see, my sweet hubby lost his job, again. Yes, three months to the day hired, they let him go. I've told a few people already and the common response is, "You have to be joking?!!?" Buuut, I'm afraid not friends! No joke.
And then everyone wants to know the why...so all I can tell you is that they told my husband that there was a lull in work. They thanked him for helping them through the busy period but that "his services were no longer required." Hubby suspects it is also in conjunction with the fact he never worked the "volunteer" overtime hours offered. He feels and we feel, that time is more precious then money and family time comes before work. Dave wants to be present while we raise these little people and feels this is honouring to God as well.
But lulls and speculations aside, we both know this is all the Lord's work. He has terminated Dave's time at this job and He holds the coming days in His mighty hands.
No, there were not enough hours for him to be able to receive Employment Insurance. Which means for my non-Canadian readers, the money that the government often gives to help out while you look for work, is unavailable to us. So the money we had set aside to pay for wood and oil to heat our home this winter...may have to be put else where....we'll see...one day at a time!
Am I angry? No...a little... and angry is to strong a word...upset?! ...but only at the fact that this job was something my hubby was really, really good at and that he liked a lot!! He didn't even mind the commute to work because he actually enjoyed going! But the actual job loss, I'm not upset about! We've been here before, many times....just three months ago in fact, lol! And I know God provides, I've experienced it too often to really question it.
Our struggle comes in, "What are we to do now? What do you want from us Lord?" Over the last few months, Hubs and I have basically left our entire lives open to Him. All of it! And instead of clear answers, we are dealt more confusion then ever! It's slightly frustrating....mostly because I want to see the road map before us and God says, "Wait."
If you know me well, then you know how much I "love" to wait! lol!!
So I do, I wait. And He speaks to me. No, not with solutions but with love! I turned in my bible, this morning, to a place I had left my bookmark from the study I had just finished. My eyes fell on Psalm 143. It was titled, "A Cry for Help". As I read though it, especially verses, 5,6 and 8, I found it both echoing and becoming my prayer;
I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all You have done;
I reflect on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
I am like parched land before You.
Let me experience
Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You.
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I long for You.
And much of what I could say about waiting and trusting God, I said just a few months ago in this post here, so I leave that there and get back to our steak and Fudgesicles.
.For, in the short time Hubby did have at his job, he was able to share the good news of the Gospel with a few people, especially one man who he often worked with. And no, this story does not end with this man's salvation...not yet any ways...*wink* but they grew to be good friends.
So, the evening of Dave's termination, as he was putting the kids to bed, a car pulled up to the house; bringing with it, steak, Fudgesicles and friendship. This co-worker of Dave's, through some conversations he and Dave had had, only the day before, had sleuthed his way to finding out where we lived and wanted to come and bring treats for us and the kids and to properly say, "Goodbye" to his work buddy. He stayed for a visit and they exchanged contact info and so the work relationship was properly said, 'goodbye' to but the friendship will carry on.
Just like God will carry us on.
Though things like steak and Fudgesicles. Through my hubby's Besty calling and giving him encouragement, support and fellowship. Through a painting job, rooms not canvas, for me....
...and through that ever precious gift of time!
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every
purpose under the heaven.