My husband and I have had an interesting year.
It started with him having to resign from his job because of a new requirement for him to work from the office after 6 years of working remotely. The environment at the office makes him physically sick, and given the options, it was an easy decision.
I forget which appliance was the first to fail, but we had the toaster oven, the microwave oven and our regular oven all fail within a month of each other. Though the oven was under warranty, it took around two and a half months to get it repaired, during which time we were unable to use it to bake or cook.
Next, we had a fire in our yard, burning down the shed and all its contents (including our hurricane shutters), damaging part of the roof and gutters, decimating our fence and several large ticket items in our neighbor’s driveway and yard. Fortunately, my husband got away from fighting it with just some second degree burns. It could have been so much worse. And the insurance was terrific – we had a check in our hands in less than a week!
In July, it was our refrigerator that died. And it took several weeks before we got a replacement that wasn’t damaged. Not the fault of the store we bought it from, apparently, but the brand we purchased. So we cancelled that and bought a different brand. 🙂
Next was the two year old air conditioner, right before the hurricane, and then, as you know, we had a visit from Irma. Again, we were glad to have not suffered anything worse than the inconvenience of not having running water or electricity for a few days. And right now, the repairman is finishing up fixing the AC. Yay!
During the time we were without power, my husband received a request for an interview from a company in Germany offering a job as a virtual assistant. This was through a company that vets the companies to ensure they are legit, so we were pretty excited. The interview was a little strange, being conducted through IM, but the questions sounded reasonable, and after several hours, they got back to him offering him the job at a pay that exceeded our expectations and a benefit package that was top notch.
Like any good wife, I was super excited and began to share with family and a handful of friends, though we both felt that something was just a little off about the whole thing. Rejoicing and taking a deep breath anticipating the relief the additional income would provide.
I was wrong.
We decided that it would be wise to do due diligence, and so he contacted the company we found the job through, and after a lengthy conversation it was determined that it is somehow a scam. We aren’t sure yet what the scam is – maybe they want his SS# so they can steal his identity. Yeah, we already knew we wouldn’t be sending them that without more confirmation they are legit.
Are we disappointed? Sure, of course we are. But I will say again what I had said earlier today when I thought he had a new job.
God is good.
All the time. No matter if my husband is working or looking for employment. Our circumstances don’t change that fact that God is good. We know that He cares for the sparrows, knows the number of the hairs on our heads (as a note, there are more on mine than on his. Just saying!), clothes the wildflowers, calms the storm. One of my favorite verses has always been Luke 12:32
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom
So we’ll continue to pray for employment for him, continue to praise God for His provision for us through our challenges, continue to move forward with our lives, and most importantly, we will continue to trust in God to provide all our needs and to conform us into His image. We have no way to know what that will look like, but we know it will be for our good.
What are the things that you are trusting God for in your life?