Not to worry

I've had an e-mail and phone call or two about my job status. I appreciate the concern.

You know, my faith that God is in control and takes care of everything is not a worry of mine. Never has been. Oh, I struggle with a lot of things -- some of which you might wonder why -- but my faith that, as Bob Marley said, "Everything's gonna be alright," is rock solid. No worries, mate.

So I wonder why God allowed me to learn of the dissolution of my old company on the day I started my new job? Surely it wasn't because I needed the confirmation that He'd take care of me. I can honestly say that, even if I were in the unemployment line, I'd be OK with His plan.

Oh, sure, it's easy to say now, from the comforts of my new office.

Wait, some perspective is needed here. OK, so I'll back up.

Frustrated with my old job just, oh, three weeks or so into it, I started looking around. It wasn't too long that I found an ad for someone with my qualifications, so I applied, interviewed twice and was tentatively offered the job. Problem was, the new company was waiting for an investing partner so they could afford to add a salary, so I had to wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

Finally, right around Thanksgiving and after a frustratingly long time, they called and formally offered the job, effective Jan. 2, 2008. I accepted, gave my notice and worked my old job until putting out the Christmas edition, then quit.

Then, leaving the office on my first day, my cell was flooded with people asking if I was OK, what I was going to do, whether I had a new job. I learned second hand that my old company had dissolved the day I started my new job. Good timing, God.

Again, I don't understand the timing, mostly because A) my biggest concern are those who didn't get out before the house fell in and B) I would have seen the hand of God in the circumstance whether I was unemployed or not.

Maybe it was to show that my impatience is something I need to come to terms with. Maybe it was to show my wife God's providence. Maybe it was for a reason I'll never know.

Anyone have a similar experience?

(Oh, by the way ... I took a holiday break. If the new job permits -- and I'm pretty doggone busy right out of the gate, so we'll see ... maybe the last thing I need is more writing to do on top of what I have already -- I'll get to posting more regularly. At the very least, I'll start linking some content to elsewhere.)

Selah ...