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Decisions, Decisions — What is God’s Will

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to change careers.  I was sitting in an office 10 hours per day, five days a week moving papers from one side of my desk to the other.  I would talk on the phone and type on my computer. I gave out advice on this file or that problem.  Occasionally, I would watch the guys down the street building the new fast food place.  I was amazed at how the building went together. Secretly I wished I was down there with my tool belt, building something.  As an outlet, I spent much of my free time in the middle of one home improvement disaster project after another. 


Then, one day the call came.  A construction job!  If I took the job, I would be able to work with my brother-in-law.  Not only are we family, but we are friends.  We had often talked about working together in some capacity, so this really seemed like something I was supposed to pursue.   My brother-in-law was going to be installing playgrounds.  You know– those really big, colorful, kid-filled things you see near schools and in parks?  Anyway, I was really intrigued by this idea.  I’m not one to rush into a decision, so Sharon and I talked a lot. We prayed.  I prayed.  We asked for advice from lots of family and friends.  In the end we (I) decided we were supposed to go.  (This will be important later)


This job meant moving to Michigan about 150 miles from our home at the time.  We had only bought the home about a year before, and I spent much of that year bringing it back to life.  The move meant leaving all of my wife’s family and many of our friends.  At this point, 150 miles may as well have been 1500 miles.  We put the house on the market and I told Ron I was coming.  Oh boy was I excited.  


The house sold in a matter of a few weeks.  The buyers were willing to finalize the purchase early and let us pay rent to stay in the house until Sharon could finish the school year and move to Michigan.  I gathered a few things and drove off to start my new job.  I came home on weekends, or Sharon drove up with our son so that we could find a new house.  We found a house in short order.  We could afford the house on one income and set about purchasing the house and moving all of our stuff. 


Being apart from Sharon and Jake for 10 weeks was hard, but I really felt it would be worth it in the end.  The job was fun.  The work was rewarding.  We were buying a house.  Sharon got to be a stay-at-home mom, which we really wanted.  Everything was good. 


When we first talked about the job, we knew that most of our work would be local enough that we would be home every night.  Travel would be limited.  Then, it changed.  The economy in Michigan started to decline.  The work was still there, but it was getting further and further away.  As the summer progressed, we were gone a lot.  Sometimes we were gone for the whole week.  We were tired. We were eating lousy food and working lots of hours so we could get home.  Communication at home was strained, mostly because it took time so much time to reconnect each time I got back from a trip. 


We were thankful for the work, but it was taking a toll on us.  In effect, my plan was unraveling.  We didn’t talk about it much, but it was unraveling.  We finished the season and headed into the winter.  I was glad to be home, but there was still tension.  The people we worked for had some serious character issues.  I hated traveling.  Sharon missed her family.  We pressed on.  I took much of the winter bringing the house back to life.  When we moved in, it needed a lot of work, so in addition to being gone, we lived in a house without a kitchen for 6 months.  Much of the rest of the house was undergoing projects as I could get to them. 


As spring approached it became apparent that much of our work would be on the other side of the state; too far to be home each night.  It appeared we would have travel two to three weeks per month.  I was done.  I knew I couldn’t be gone that much.  I would miss much of Jake’s growing up, and baby #2 was due in June.  So, now what?


Part II coming soon.

4 Responses

  1. I know this story, at least the being gone a lot parts! 22 years of the now 32 years of our marriage we spent with my being in US Special Forces. I can’t wait for Part II.

  2. […] is God’s Will (part II) Posted on April 11, 2008 by thereisnogray When we left off last time, I was at a point in my life where I knew I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing for a living. In […]

  3. You know, Dan, we’ve been interacting for a while now and I just realized that I never thanked you for your service to our country and for fighting for my freedom. So, for those 22 years “on the road”……………. Thank you!

  4. […] This is part III.  Click for Part II.  Click for Part I […]

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