The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 NASB
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The Phone Call
Maple leaf tree ornament on our Christmas tree.
Happy New Year! As our 2015 Christmas was celebrated and we headed into this new year, I thanked the Lord for a very special gift, which we actually began to open the week before Christmas. We had just gotten home from California, where we had traveled to be with family at the death of Fernando's aunt. There were vague prospects for employment for Fernando, and we took the next steps of life into a misty, uncertain future.
One of the homes on our Christmas light "sightseeing" date.
God had plans for us, however--plans that were months in the making, being woven into the tapestry that is our family's life, with gold- and silver-stranded threads we couldn't see until now. It was time for Him to reveal the front side of our life's tapestry, as He does every now and then, to show us the beauty we many times don't see because we're looking at the back side into which He is weaving what seems like a confusing mishmash of variously colored threads and yarn. Oh, the beauty of seeing His perspective from time to time, the awe of knowing how intricately He is involved in our lives!
Silvery snowflake ornament, a gift from my younger brother.
You may recall in Part Eight of our journey the story of the Arctek truck--how Fernando had had a month's work with this satellite uplink company, and how I thought that that work would result in more permanent employment, and how perfect that would have been so that Fernando could work every other month (as is Arctek's typical practice) and have time to build his business in the off months. When those expectations faded, and Fernando started to build his business over the summer, I thought that may be the direction the Lord was leading; but then his business income slowed, and I was left with questions:
- Although I was thankful for the much-needed income that March, why just one month with this company, then nothing? What was the purpose?
- Why had Fernando's business surged forward, then slowed? What exactly were we supposed to be doing?
I had the whys of each of the other sat (satellite) truck companies figured out:
- STS helped Fernando get his CDL, and introduce him to the uplink operations part of the broadcast communications industry.
- Working with PSSI enabled us to keep our house with exactly, to-the-day three months of employment.
But the reason behind that March's work with Arctek eluded me. Not that I needed to know--many times we don't know the why, and we may never know, until we see Him face to face, and all becomes clear. I would have liked to know.
And now, I know.
The week before Christmas, Fernando got a phone call out of the blue from Arctek: Are you still interested in working for us? Fernando's immediate answer: yes. They wanted Fernando to work a job for them the week of Christmas, just to confirm their confidence in his abilities, and then they'd offer more permanent employment in the new year. Two employees--one who retired and one who moved into a different position--both recommended Fernando for the operator of Arctek Purple, the satellite truck Fernando had worked with back in March last year.
The next Monday, just like that, Fernando was off, headed out to Iowa. He made it home for Christmas, and the Arctek satellite truck was once again parked in our driveway--a very good sign for the new year.
Arctek Purple parked in our driveway.
We rang in the New Year with family...
...and the following Monday evening, Fernando was off--Indiana, Ohio, Indiana again, and home, finally, late last night. He worked with the heads of Arctek throughout the week, troubleshooting his way through last-minute issues, completing transmissions, driving from city to city. They were duly impressed with Fernando--which is my opinion from what he told me, but seriously--he handled himself like the professional he is on the job.
My questions (from above) were answered, and things--even things I hadn't thought about--are now clear:
- Fernando's work with Arctek last March laid the foundation for his future employment with them.
- The delay in hiring him was the push he needed to start and grow his business.
- Now he has the ability to earn income with Arctek and with his own now-established business.
- My past inability to secure extra outside-the-home employment has turned into the ability to manage the home front and both of our businesses while Fernando is gone.
- I also have the potential to travel with Fernando on some of his longer trips away.
The mist has lifted, and the Lord has lit the path of our immediate future. Just a few hours ago, and less than 24 hours after Fernando arrived home, he kissed me goodbye and is right this very minute driving toward Michigan and the next transmission job.
Our table is set for a bountiful feast of blessings this year!
This won't be the end of Our Journey posts, I'm sure. There will be more to share from time to time as we move ahead along the Lord's path for our lives. And I'll share it here, where we can praise Him for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives!
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