Well, we made it through the week of layoff in pretty good shape. Honey spent the week working around the house and gathering up scrap metal to haul off. This was a task that he has been wanting and needing to do for quite some time, but the collection place wasn’t open on Saturdays and it was impossible to work a full day and go the 40 plus miles to unload before they closed for the day. So, with a lot of effort, he and his Dad took advantage of the week, stayed at it, and a load of stuff rolled out of here about 5 AM Friday morning. I would have done a snoopy dance if it wouldn’t have been so early in the morning. I have been waiting a long time to see that stuff go away. Later he called from his folks’ house and said that the front end of his truck had gone out on the way home. Now isn’t that how things work? He and his Dad spent the rest of the day fixing the truck. All in all, the truck repairs came to about $5 more than the amount the scrap metal sold for. Is God good or what!?! We haven’t scrimped any more than we usually do, and God has gotten us through the week just fine. The last word Honey got was he goes back to work Monday morning. It’s been nice having him around this past week, and the best part has been the “peace”. No anxious moments, and no worries.
Across the road, our neighbors are feeling the pinch from the economy as bad, if not worse, than we are. We are hearing tempers flair more and more as the stress wears them down. The general mood around town is one of mounting anger. People are becoming overwhelmed with stress as the cost of living shoots up and the work hours are reduced. Whenever I hear folks say that the legislation that’s been passed in the federal & state governments won’t affect the people negatively, I look around and figure someone is lying. Unemployment is climbing, price of living is climbing, and people are working two jobs - and still not making ends meet.
We live very simply here at the cabin. Our only real extravagance is the internet. It’s an $8 dial-up connection through the phone company. That’s all we can get here in the meadow; and to be honest, that’s all we really need. We are simple folks and God provides all our needs, quite a few of our wants, and it’s becoming easier and easier to trust in Him completely. When the world continues to get scarier, we will be ready to rely on God for everything while the world around us will be in a panic. They have put their trust in the gods of education & money. Those gods will fail, and then what? Learning faith is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do, and we’ve still got a long ways to go – but as God leads us, we have discovered a peace that we had only heard about. God will provide. I become more certain of that truth with each step we take in faith.
Walk in faith, have a great day & may the Lord bless you!