What a day, glorious day…
We’ve already been praising God because my scans came back as good as they did, and my blood count was really good Friday after being really bad on Monday. Chemo went just fine (slept through a lot of it, after a very welcome visit from my lovely friend Nermin, which was great – for me anyway, I was so dopey from the drugs I probably made no sense to poor Nermin.) Before chemo, in the waiting area, I saw Ken with leukemia. We shared a treatment room during my first round of chemo. (He was pretty amazing, if you want to read about him and our day together go to the January 15 post.) He looked GREAT, very healthy, had gained weight again – why is it everyone else gets thin with cancer and I keep gaining? – and his hair is back and thick. He has one treatment to go. I found that so encouraging.
But getting to today…
At 1:00 Sam went to CarMax to discuss a job offer. He had interviewed twice earlier in the week, done very well, and they had told him he would hear back within seven days – then called half an hour later! They set up the meeting for today. He went in not at all sure he was going to accept. He was not comfortable with taking a job that was primarily commission, and where the hours were going to be so different, keeping him out lots of nights and weekends. We prayed that he would have peace and know God’s leading, claiming Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Once Sam got into the meeting, he felt very positive and peaceful about the opportunity, which, as he said, had to be God, because the money (at least to start) is considerably less than he had been making, he has never wanted to work a commission job, it isn’t as secure as we would prefer, and the hours. But, as Sam also said – we’ve been saying we are trusting God, and here is a job that puts us in that position. We won’t have a paycheck that we can trust to be the same every week. So do we continue to trust God or what? Is he directing our paths?
He took the job.
Shortly after 2:00, we got a phone call from our Realtor. We had an offer on our house. Our house has been on the market since September 22. It has shown about 80 times, not counting multiple lookers in the open houses. We have had so many people “love it”, or “really like it” – even come back for second looks. It’s been second on a lot of lists. We have the Susan Lucci of houses, the bridesmaid of real estate. Our Realtor said he’s never had a home get this kind of traffic. I have maintained that the buyer for this house will be just like we were – someone who will walk in, love it at first sight, and want it immediately. Today’s buyers had a showing at 1:20. We got the offer about 2:10. That’s love at first sight, and if someone else is going to live in the house that I adore, I want it to be someone who adores it too. By 10:00 tonight we had signed the offer papers.
So – job and house. In just over an hour. Try to tell me that isn’t God. After all this time. I challenge you that it takes a LOT more faith to believe that this is just a coincidence than to believe that God has his timing, and he chose to put these events together at this time to show us his work and to give us a story that glorifies him.
And to those that say “If there is a God that is in charge of the whole universe, does he really care if Sam works at CarMax or not?”, I say a resounding YES! Yes, he does. He cares about every detail of our lives, because we have given every detail of those lives to him to use for his glory. He may not care about CarMax (or he may care a lot, I don’t know) but he cares what Sam will do there, who he will affect, how he will care for his family, how he will show the love of Jesus to those around him. There are specific people there that Sam is supposed to interact with – customers, coworkers – our entire lives are part of a very intricate tapestry, and God cares about every individual thread.
PS -If you can believe this, I also had someone GIVE me a jacuzzi today… just for love and to make me feel healthier… I am pretty overwhelmed by this. Talk about the love of Jesus in action. What a day, glorious day….
For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows! Matthew 10: 29-31
I praise you, LORD, for answering my prayers. You are my strong shield, and I trust you completely. You have helped me, and I will celebrate and thank you in song. You give strength to your people, LORD, and you save and protect your chosen ones. Psalm 28:6-8