Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Shake that Bottle

New Living Translation (NLT)
Psalm 16:1
A psalm of David.
 Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.

In the weeks that have passed since Dave has started his new job and I remain here until we can be together, I observe some die-hard reactions.  It would seem that over the last 7 years, we have developed some ways of thinking that are not Biblical, and not beneficial.

In trying to protect ourselves, and this is aimed more at myself than my beloved, we hope for little, so we won't be disappointed.  We almost plan on failure in order to avoid being disappointed again. 

The odyssey of the past 7 years has left us scarred to say the least.  While always believing God held us in His loving hands, innumerable resumes sent, jobs applied for of all kinds, all seeming for naught, you recite the reasons why this might not work out either, and some are valid.  Being out of the work force for so long, you are behind in computer technology, office procedures and machines, etc.  Age also can be against you.  Not only has Dave had to meet these challenges, he is having to do so in the midst of strangers, kind though they be.  There is no "home" to go to after work and be greeted with loved ones tender care.  Or a tail that nearly wags off its body at the sight of you.

That said, I should say that Rennaissance Man loves a challenge, is a great problem-solver, takes risks, loves literature and football, good food, sci-fi and hard rock.  Takes a lot to daunt this man.  He says very little, i've hardly ever known he was intimidated by anything until after the fact.  So he is keeping his cards close to his vest as usual.  These are my observations with a few hints from him.

My feeling is, we have nothing to lose, nothing.  May as well walk through the door that has opened with gusto.  Problem is the gusto has transformed to fizz like a flat soda.  Impossible to keep the momentum going when everything with the move is on hold.  So a lot of the excitement and expectation has dampened, definitely not the gratefulness, that abides.

The key I think is to just keep focused on Christ, do not take our eyes off of Him.  However this plays out, it is indeed in His hands.  If we have to come back, we'll come back.  That said, it was really nice to believe, and who knows?

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