November is winding down. The first official day of Winter is only a few weeks away. Christmas too.
And the New Year a week later.
A new year, another new calendar. Just about 17 years ago, we had said goodbye to our friends, neighbors, coworker, church family, and familiar surroundings and embarked on a new venture. My employer, once the most admired corporation in America, had been sold out from under those of us who'd planned to be a part of it the rest of our lives. I was already on the wrong side of 40, but saw the future events at that location -- correctly, as it turned out. So I worked the last Friday in October at my old job, went home and packed and headed off a Loooong drive, alone, so the family could join me later, and started the new job on Monday, the first Monday in November. Planned to stay there forever too. Five years later, the operation was closing down, courtesy of NAFTA. I ended up on another looong relocation, this time just about 25 miles from our former home we'd left five+ years earlier. Less than six months later, it suddenly shut down. Fun, huh? Did some consulting work, trying to feed a family. Ended up, 18 months later or so, doing another relocation, this time about 500 miles. Less than six months later, THEY started shutting down! I eventually landed with an Asian-owned auto components maker nearby. Many promises made me. 5-1/2 years later, none of those promises had been kept, including some involving pay and expense reimbursements. With Wife's grave and worsening health, we chose to flip the digitus impudicus and head to our current digs.
So all the usual New Year blather about things leaves me a bit cold, ok?
Now, the other side of all that.
Before any of these moves, before letting the headhunters know I was looking, I committed the matter to the Lord. I asked Him to guide us to where He wanted us. So, the other side. Both our daughters met their husbands in the course of these moves, meetings that probably could not possibly have occurred otherwise. Wife and I now have friends and contacts all through the US, coast to coast, that could not have happened otherwise. We also now have friend and contacts in places like Ireland, Israel, Russia, Kenya, China, Korea, Rumania, Egypt, Japan, Philippines, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ukraine, Poland, Canada, Honduras, Brazil, and Uganda. And a few others. Impossible without all this.
Yes, there have been bumps on the road, and we're in a tough spot right now and have been . But He has been with us and has been faithful. I don't know the outcome of the next few weeks, not at all. But I trust Him.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel.
The New Testament passage is chapter 4 of 1st Peter.
I Peter 4