I just love this community! If you don’t already know, there’s an ah-mazing group of writers who link up every week here, at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog, where we write for five minutes on the same one-word prompt. It’s real and it’s raw, and you should check it out.
He called me and told me that his boss wanted to see him at 4:30, and it was a Friday afternoon. My stomach sank like a stone in the river, hard and fast. I used to be an HR Manager, and I knew what that meant, and it wasn’t a good thing.
I was right and for once in my life, I wasn’t happy about it. And if I wasn’t happy, well, he was devastated. So much of a man’s self-worth is wrapped up in their God-given instinct to provide for their families and to have this job jerked out from under him this way, the job that had moved us three hours away from family and friends and all we knew, it knocked us right off balance.
What do you do when it’s Friday night and your world has been turned upside down and you can’t do anything about it? We decided to rent a movie, one some friends had recommended called “Facing the Giants”. ANYthing to take our minds off the uncertainty. Because what were we supposed to do? We knew God moved us here because His hand was all over the circumstances. My first instinct was to run back “home” to Tennessee, where we came from. That’s where my family was, our church, our friends, and we hadn’t been gone even a year yet.
So we watched this movie, and the acting was terrible. Awful! But after a while we started paying attention to the message and we didn’t notice the less-than-Oscar-worthy acting. In one scene, there is a gentleman who regularly comes into the local high school and prays over the students and staff there, walking through the halls and touching each locker. One day he comes into the office of the school’s football coach, who is facing a similar job crisis to our own and tells the coach that God has a message for him. In part, the message is this: Until God moves you, you are to bloom where you are planted.
We felt that message was meant for us too, and that unless and until God moved us, we needed to stay in South Carolina. To make a long story short, God provided for us in a very God-like way, and we learned to trust Him more. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely.