Last week was one we’ll not soon forget. On Tuesday it was my 53rd birthday. Tom left for work to meet with his boss only to find out this meeting was to inform him he would no longer be needed.
This was where Tom has worked for the past 30 years. It was my first job out of high school 35 years ago. We have loved this business as if it were family. In fact many of the people have become like family to us.
This was surreal.
We have counseled and listened to friends who have faced this kind of news, but never experienced it ourselves. Tom was told he could go home. So he did. He called me to tell me the news and my first reaction was, “You’re kidding, right?” But he wasn’t. We were suddenly on a new path with what seemed like a new destination.
No not really. Our true destination was secured on the Cross at Calvary over 2,000 years ago. This fact hasn’t changed, and it is the one fact that truly matters. Jobs can change. People can move. Old friends are replaced by new ones. But God is always there leading us forward one change at a time. He is good, whether or not what we are currently experiencing seems good in the moment.
When Tom walked in the door all I could do was hug him. There were no words right away. But when they came, this is what I said, “Thank you. Thank you for how faithfully you have worked all these years. Though we have faced many trying times, you have continually set our eyes on the One who holds tomorrow. I am proud of you and thank God I get to begin this adventure with you, and I can’t wait to see where it is God will lead us.”
We will miss our normal routine, but enjoy being together everyday.
We will miss our dear friends, but enjoy meeting new ones.
We will miss the benefits of working for a great organization, but enjoy the benefits of reorganizing our lives at home, with our church and hopefully with a new job.
The door on a wonderful chapter in our lives has closed. We could look at this as a sad ending, but instead Tom said, “Since this happened on your birthday, I see it as a sign that this is the birth of something new.”
I still feel numb to it all, but not in a bad way. The only word we have come up with to describe how we feel is “weird.” It’s just weird.
We appreciate your prayers as we anticipate the next chapter of our lives. And we would love to hear how God has helped you face unexpected times in your own marriage. Did you find yourself growing closer together? What Scriptures helped you stay focused on what really matters?
We thank God for our community here.
We’ll keep you posted as the days and weeks unfold. Our pastor told Tom to take his time and listen to God. This is a chance like none other in your life to purposefully seek Him. And he is right.
Tomorrow we’re going to begin a new week where the only thing on our agenda is to listen, pray and read together. Who knows? Tom may just get a good start on that to-do list
I’ve he’s been wanting to tackle too. 🙂
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