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
Strawberries came at the end of May. They are the first harvest of the garden, their bright red a promise of sweetness and delight, and with it, sweetness from the Lord in this new journey the Lord has just set before us.
The Path of Trust
Fernando received a job offer, plain and simple. He told this company, Y** (based in Rhode Island), he would give them an answer by the end of May. He was hoping to hear back from at least one of the other two companies interested in hiring him; their potential job offers would be better--pay, benefits, situation. But as each day came and went, and no phone calls were forthcoming, Fernando knew it was time to let Y** know he would accept their offer. And we prepared to set off on one more road, a path, really, of twists and turns, of not knowing, of trust.
Fernando would be training to be a field service engineer for this company, specializing in robotics and automation. With his extensive electronics background, we are hoping that this would translate into a new career path for him.
Fernando will leave in mid-June, to fly to Rhode Island for one to six months of training, including in-house, then shadowing another field service engineer, then eventually working on his own in the Midwest. At least there is that. At least there is something to look forward to. We reminded each other it could be worse--we had been contemplating an opportunity for him to work out of the country for a year (huge income, paying off all debt, starting fresh--but a year apart). The possibility of six months apart seemed more palatable than a whole year. I kept telling him that six months will fly by, and it could be less time, too, if the training goes well.
The important thing it, it's a job. It will pay the bills, at least we're hoping. It's little more than half what Fernando was making previously, so I knew I'd have to work. I knew the possibility of me having to find full-time work was very real at this point. I was hoping for one of the other jobs for him, but this seems to be where the Lord is leading. So this is where we need to go, on this new pathway of continuing to trust Him and His plan for our lives.
After all the past posts where I've excitedly shared how the Lord has worked and brought employment to us, this post seems dry, almost matter-of-fact. In a way, it is just that--can I really be excited about uncertainty, about not knowing if this would work out, and just how did all this debt and struggle fit into His plan? I don't know.
I don't know how we'll do it. I don't know how we'll live on much, much less, while paying off debt that we never had before. I come back, once again, to the overarching theme of all these posts I've written: He is faithful. I must trust. This new path, this new way, wherever it leads, is simply a new way in which to trust--yet, and still, and continuing--that He knows, that He will direct, that He is good. While I praise Him for providing, my heart still whispers help me trust You, Lord, down this new path.
Back to life,
Read previous segments here:
The Phone Call
His Plan, Not Ours
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