Jen and I have been married for 10 years this June. As we look back over our decade together a few themes have surfaced. One is that our life has been anything but predictable or stale, but rather fun and adventurous with a mix of fear-of -the-unknown. Another theme that has arisen is that of God’s provision. In ten years we have never been without food on our table or a roof over our head. God has indeed been faithful to the promise to us to care for us more that the birds of the air or the lilies of the fields. That indeed, God provides.
Since being laid off last July, God—despite our lack of trust at times—has provided EVERY single time we have needed it. Our last 8 months has been like one of those miraculous (interesting how God’s provision is viewed as extra-ordinary or miraculous) stories you read about in Guideposts or hear someone share during the 3-minute testimony time of a church service. We never would have thought that God would weave such a story into our lives. But God has. Here’s how:
- Our rent was due in a week and we were $200 short. An anonymous envelope appeared in our mailbox. There was money inside. Guess how much? Yep, $200.
- My severance pay was within weeks to coming to an end. A friend called a friend and I was hired by Franklin Templeton Investments for a 3-month contract job at a pay rate that was just enough to provide for our needs.
- The contract position ended and I was not able to get a job. We had some money in savings. We quickly ate through that. We were denied unemployment benefits (long story) but were given food stamps.
- We filed our tax return and found out that we were getting $5,000 back within the next few weeks. A week or so passed and we had no money. It was Friday and bills were due on Monday. We checked our online bank statement and there was a $5,000 deposit that just cleared.
- My birthday came and we didn’t do a whole lot. The typical B-day cards came in the mail, but in three of them, there was a total of $500 that came in from extended family.
- Due to the career change and job-search time requirements, Jen and I made a decision to drop the class I was taking with Fuller Seminary. We filed some paperwork and were simply expecting the class to be dropped from my record due to “hardship circumstances”. They dropped the class and refunded us 100% of tuition for the class—nearly $1200.
- After making a decision to focus on a career in Graphic Design (the thing that “Lights Me Up”), two months of resume-sending-silence was broken and I have had multiple companies interested in possibly hiring me. I just had a very positive phone and in-person interview with one company.
- Our church approached me to design (for hire) some materials for their new dedication service coming up. They paid me $200.
I share these $ figures so that God would be praised and you might be encouraged. God indeed provides and is true to his promise. It has been very humbling to receive God’s provisions in these non-traditional ways, but our trust in God and in the generosity of those surrounding us has increased exponentially.
Ron, my spiritual director, has reminded me time after time to view this in-between time as a gift from God. Indeed it has been. Though trying every day to find work, it has not yet come. What has come is that I have been able to spend a lot of time with my wife, Jen, and our kids, Caleb and Ashlyn. In fact, we just did the math and God has given me about six months to be home all day, every day. Just ask my kids—that indeed has been a gift.
And if you were to ask my wife, our marriage has never been better than it is now—I would have to agree.
Thanks Daddy! I love you.
Your little boy, Jeromy.