Winding Roads and Blessings

Driving in Northern, PA (or any mountainous region) makes you wonder if the road designers were drunk when they planned the roads. They twist, they turn, they go left, they go right. In reality, these roads mimic life. There is rarely a straight path.

James-1-2We realized this last Friday (2/6/15) when MacGyver (aka my husband) was laid off. His workload had been dwindling with lots of “general office” time, so we saw the writing on the wall. Despite the premonition, nothing truly prepares you. Telling our daughter was probably the most difficult. While we want to keep her life as “normal” as possible, things are going to change. Her annual mission trip to Kentucky will not happen this year. Vacation plans have been cancelled. And the extras that have come to be a day-to-day part of her life will fade to be luxuries until we return to a two-income family.

We have spent the better part of the last few days circling the wagons, cancelling unnecessary services, “touring” discount grocery stores, changing how our trash is collected (really!), applying for health care on the open exchange (“affordable health care” is an oxymoron!) and whatever else we could to tighten our purse strings. It has been exhausting and eye-opening.

I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous. After being a stay-at-home Mom for so many years, we admittedly do not have the safety net we should. We have some and I’m grateful for what we do have. Our goal is to live on my income and the unemployment MacGyver receives without touching the security net. It’s not gong to be easy, but it will be doable. In comparison to so many in this world, we will live like kings. It will just be … different.

If nothing else, this experience is providing me a better perspective of how God provides for His children. In less than a week we have been so richly blessed by His hand, the kindness of strangers and friends who are our chosen family. Perhaps these blessings have always been there and our circumstance cause me to appreciate them more. This blog has been in the works for some time, but as I was praying this morning I realized that I need to share these blessings in the hope to offer encouragement to others and remind me that God’s grace is larger than any suffering.