October 1, 2008 - best company Rick had ever worked for closed with no warning. The first "big" stock market dive in years and years. And we were left with little to nothing. Well, little to nothing in this world ...
We still had our God, and He had us.
We still had one another, our kids and our grandkids.
Hearing the words of Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA.
Starting over ... hard to do.
So, yes, I understand the fear, the worries, the hopelessness of the future. I understand the sleepless nights, the wandering days. Trying to distinguish between needs and wants - and finding out that a lot of what you once thought were needs are nothing but wants of convenience. Sigh.
There have been many times in these last 4 years that we wondered if we were going to survive the storm of it all. But God has proven faithful time and time again. Showing His hand of care and provision and protection.
We haven't always had what we wanted ... but we have certainly had what we needed.
We have stories upon stories of God's working in all of this.
God IS good! All the time!
We have learned a lot ... and still learnING. Even those lessons that we have learned, we struggle with putting them into practice day to day.
It is one thing to have the head knowledge of something, entirely something else to have the practical experience of reality living.
My heart hurts, my spirit grieves for all those caught in the storms of economy ... those who are being thrown about in the fears and worries and needs of this life.
We as Christians are to be the salt and light of life to this world.
If we are His hands ... ???
O God. Find a way to use me today.