timing is everything

We found out a couple of weeks ago that Michael’s former employer will be closing the Des Moines location at the end of the year…which (after a big “WHEW!”) has caused us to think about the timing of things over the past year. It’s really been amazing – Michael & I are wired to be go-getters (that first-born tendency!), and if there’s anything we’ve learned (and continue to learn), it’s the letting go of the reigns that has brought us more peace than the take-what-you-can-and-run-with-it mentality we used to employ…

I remember thinking last year at Christmas how nice it would be not to have to travel back and forth to Omaha to see friends & family…more than just missing that, I felt like our time in Des Moines was coming to an end (party selfishly). We both started to feel it. I’m pretty sure I clicked my heels a few times! We prayed about it, because we knew that leaving Iowa mostly likely meant Michael leaving his job….and it was a decent job, a steady income, so we didn’t want to leave on a whim. We felt like it was OK to put the house up for sale, and so shortly before Reese’s 2nd birthday (and finding out we were pregnant again), we did. Three fruitless open houses and a little over a month later, it sold for our asking price! The buyer just walked up to our door one night and asked to see the place. We almost didn’t answer. If you knew our house, the market and where we lived in Des Moines, you know that our house selling this past summer was nothing short of miraculous. We had to be out in a little under a month – which seemed awfully fast. Busy friends offered to help me with Reese when I was down-and-out with morning sickness. (I am still humbled by that.) We found a great duplex lickety-split, for less than we were paying for our house! Michael’s employer agreed to keep him on at the Omaha location, and even though it would involve a LOT of travel between the two locations, it also allowed us to pay cash for the move and not have the added stress of finding a new job in another city. Just when he finally stopped traveling and ‘landed’ here full-time (hallelujah! I had been a pregnant ‘single’ parent most of the summer), he got fired. Sounds horrible, but hours after it happened we both felt OK about it, and increasingly peaceful. I just knew he was going to find a job that suited him and our family better. That I never doubted. And less than a month after losing his job, he did. I can see that Michael’s load is lighter, his face brighter. Sure, the budget’s pretty tight, especially for this time of year, but we are so happy.

And relieved. I cannot imagine being stuck in our house (the interest rate was about to go through the roof), losing a job and on the hunt NOW, with a baby very nearly here, and trying to sell our house and remain financially, emotionally, and spiritually stable right NOW. The provision has been plenty, the timing perfect. It is too perfect to be mere chance or serendipity. We’re convinced God orchestrated everything for us – sure, certain things weren’t ideal (by society’s standards), and we struggle with contendedness, but we have been taken care of. It’s been a lesson in trust and a test of faith. When I have time to look back, I hope I can say we trusted well. I know my faith has increased. I am so grateful for all He has given us – and surprised us with – this year.


About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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6 Responses to timing is everything

  1. steve and randel hambrick says:

    it is so good to read that— and it’s faith producing. as you know, we are moving and have our home for sale in a TERRIBLE market. we’ve had absolutely NO lookers at this point, either. and i anticipate our lives will be significantly more difficult with this transition.. but at the same time i know we are being obedient to what God is calling us to. i sometimes struggle with the faith to believe that He will provide and work it all out. so thanks for sharing. and encouraging.

  2. lindsay says:

    i’ll believe for you, Randel! if He did it for us, He can do it for you. against all odds. you guys will come out of your exciting transition intact! i can’t wait to visit your ‘plant’ someday.

  3. Sara says:

    It’s so awesome to be able to look back and see God provide for our needs so far in advance…it does help our faith GROW for times you need more of it in the future.

  4. chefstinsonfamily says:

    Wow! This post is just what I needed to see. Drew has been without a job for almost a month and we have been starting to stress, but as I look back on everything this past month, I see how happy we both have been and how we know each day is a blessing and there are more around the corner for us!

    Good luck in the coming weeks, can’t wait to see the pics of the new little babe!


  5. Lori Eilers says:

    God is so good! I thank Him for all He has done and is doing for you guys. Great to give HIm the glory!

  6. Al says:

    so glad you and your familia are here and safe and taken care of and that you don’t have to worry about little Young one #2 and house mortgages and job security and all the rest during the holidays… God is so good to just tuck you under His wing and give you a great safe place to make cookies and enjoy Christmas!

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