It all started for us in 2007. That is it all stared going downhill for us. A steep downhill. It had been going downhill for a while, but not like this.
My Man was in his office. His office being one of those metal buildings that most people use for storage of gardening tools. It is up off the ground on blocks, so there are three steps to the door. The steps, at the time, were made of cinder blocks. Cinder blocks that were not adhered together. He stepped out of his office onto the edge of the cinder block on the side of the step. The block didn’t stay in place and his ankle rolled and broke. It broke badly enough that he had to have surgery. He now has a plate and five pins in him.
Needless to say, this took him off his feet. Literally. For six months. Most people could go back to work with crutches and a boot, but a land surveyor, who has to walk and carry a heavy transit, can’t. He lost his business.
That was actually a blessing in disguise. Shortly after he accident, the economy crashed. Anything that had to do with construction, including surveying, came to a screeching halt. So, really, either way, he was losing his business.
Every since then we have been doing whatever we can to earn money. I substituted at the schools and did some childcare. I had a temporary job at a local non-profit organization that help’s with utilities and other needs for those struggling financially. I also sew some. MM worked at his brother’s chicken houses, then got a part-time job at Georgia Poultry (they sell parts for chicken houses). He still got occasional surveying jobs and work installing those chicken house parts into chicken houses on the weekends. We cut and sold firewood and MM made and sold Adirondack chairs and swings.
All this time I am praying for full-time work.
Guess what we got?
A full-time job!!!!!
MM now works for the University of Georgia!
Guess what he does?
He is their surveyor!!!! The very job he loves to do!
The job doesn’t pay as well as MM’s surveying business once did, but the benefits we get are better! We can even get cheap tickets to watch the Dawgs play between the hedges!! I am so excited about that!
I have to share with you the one thing MM is always talking about. Meet Shaker.
Shaker is MM’s truck he rides around in. Here it is parked at the Sanford stadium.
Close-up of the same picture. He calls it Shaker because…well…it shakes. Whenever he stops at a red light he says it makes a vom vom vom sound and shakes. Everybody looks at him. I think he is pretty proud of Shaker.
The past seven years have been hard. When you go from making almost six figures to less than $20,000 over night, adjustments are hard. You can feel totally out of control and overwhelmed. It can be paralyzing. That is where the grace of God comes in. That is where you have to totally give Him everything because you can not do anything about it. It is where you do ask Him to provide what you need and let Him teach you just what it is you do need. Both materially and spiritually. You will focus on the material, but He will focus on the material and the spiritual.
While asking for our financial needs to be met, He has met them and shown us we haven’t been good stewards of the money He allowed us to make. We have had to repent and change some attitudes about money. (Just one of the spiritual needs He met.)
We are not quite out of the wood yet, but we are at the edge. God has seen us through this trial. God has walked us through this trial. He never left us nor forsook us.
I give Him praise for the broken ankle. I give Him praise for the lost business. I give Him praise for the bad economy. I give Him praise for the darkest days I have ever known. I give Him praise for all the part-time, temporary, weekend, hard and dirty jobs we have had to do. I give Him praise for hearing my request for a full-time job and bringing one to us. I give Him praise for bringing us this far.
“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 2 Samuel 7:18