Monday, May 14, 2012

God's Provision

The past couple of months have been a blur of concern, decisions, and changes. Isaac's parents made the leap of faith to close the counseling center that has been their family business for the last thirteen years. His mom's health has been a roller coaster that seems to be down more often than up and the decision was made that it would be best for her health to enter retirement.  They have moved to their lakehouse in northern Indiana where Isaac's dad is looking for a job in the area.  

Isaac has worked for the counseling center since the beginning so obviously the decision to close effected us greatly.  Because all the counselors wanted the opportunity to speak to their patients individually without having to worry that they would find out about the closing via the rumor mill we have had to keep the news to ourselves for quite some time.  We knew about it for almost a month before we even told my parents.  That was so hard!

Naturally, when we found out there was a mixture of relief (we knew this would be the best thing for his mom), concern (we wondered how easy would it be for Isaac to find another job), and excitement (this gives Isaac the opportunity to explore a "new" career field that he is interested in). Isaac quietly began having conversations with a few men at church that he is close to about job possibilities and had them help him work in his resume.

A friend that we have known for many years through church has been nudging Isaac to interview at his work for a couple of years now.  But Isaac had been happy working at the counseling center and saw no need to seek employment elsewhere.  Well, now the need had arose. Near the end of April Isaac had his first job interview in nearly fifteen years.  It went well. The following business day a job offer was made. Yay!

It has been a really rough few weeks for Isaac as he has had to work on finishing things up at the office, saying goodbye to coworkers and clients. He genuinely loved doing what he did there, the variety of his position.  He handled the finances, the computer networking, and he did substance abuse counseling.  He had not looked for another job until now because he was happy working where he was at.  So it has been especially hard seeing everything that he has worked so hard for end. Honestly, he hasn't quite been himself in awhile.  Its been wearing on all of us.

But finally the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing.  Today is the first day of his new job.  He will be working as a level two IT support person for a company who makes/sells hardware/software for video surveillance systems.  Isaac has already been able to familiarize himself with the system and is confident that this will be a good fit for his personality and his skills.  It will be different for him to be working in one specialized area since Isaac was so used to being the all around go-to-guy for most things at the office before.

Also, the new hours will be an adjustment.  Isaac has been afforded much flexibility while working for his parents and they accommodated his sleeping disorder by allowing his hours to be dictated by his sleep schedule.  Obviously a big corporation will not make such allowances.  For his week of training (this week) his hours are 8a-5p, so he left the house at 6:45am this morning!  But his usual hours will be 10a-7p.  Those hours were a relief in that it will be better for his sleeping issues, but it will be hard to not have him around for dinner during the week.  We will all have to get used to all these changes.

We are eager to see what the Lord has in store for us in this new phase of life. We know that He has it all worked out for His glory.  We're just along for the ride! 


So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7
 

God is good!



3 comments:

LifeOntheFarmAlabama said...

Thats tuff on a family having to leave a job and not sure of whats to come. We went through that as well my hubby use to work for Circuit city.. for 10 years almost..they had us moving from here to there to open new stores. Towards the end (which we had no idea about) they moved had him open a new store ..which would have been a good raise.. we had to move and buy a house..so we did.. after 6 months the news came they were going under.. there we were new house a 3yr old and no idea of what to come.. he finished it to the end assuming he would get a pay out of some type.. but no nothing..so he decided to work with his dad doing gutters something he knew nothing about.. we had to lose our dream home and moved again by this time with a 4yr and new baby.. we are happier than we have ever been.. We would have never thought that this would be so good for our family. He now works only on weekdays and gets home by 4 where before he would put in 70 hour weeks.. we are a true family spending time with other and God provided us with a nicer larger home.. beautiful land and peace of mind.

LifeOntheFarmAlabama said...

Thats tuff on a family having to leave a job and not sure of whats to come. We went through that as well my hubby use to work for Circuit city.. for 10 years almost..they had us moving from here to there to open new stores. Towards the end (which we had no idea about) they moved had him open a new store ..which would have been a good raise.. we had to move and buy a house..so we did.. after 6 months the news came they were going under.. there we were new house a 3yr old and no idea of what to come.. he finished it to the end assuming he would get a pay out of some type.. but no nothing..so he decided to work with his dad doing gutters something he knew nothing about.. we had to lose our dream home and moved again by this time with a 4yr and new baby.. we are happier than we have ever been.. We would have never thought that this would be so good for our family. He now works only on weekdays and gets home by 4 where before he would put in 70 hour weeks.. we are a true family spending time with other and God provided us with a nicer larger home.. beautiful land and peace of mind.

Julie R said...

It's exciting to hear about what God is doing in your life. I hope his first two days have gone well!