A note of explanation to the reader:
We’ve done yearly updates for family and friends for years. At first we’d do print versions that were sent as a sort of expanded Christmas card. The advent of email brought about a change as the printed version was converted to a pdf and attached to an email. Now we’ve come to this, a blog entry.
Since our last writing, these things have happened:
- Job search:
- I had several telephone interviews and two on-campus interviews; no job.
- I worked part-time at Panera Bread for a couple of weeks—not for me.
- I was hired at Peachmac, part-time at first, now full-time (more below)
- When I became full-time in July, we began to look for our own place.
- We found 1/2 a house—the small half—660 square feet, one of everything: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/laundry and living room. In other words, it’s tiny, but it’s ours.
- We joined North Macon Presbyterian Church; I’ve even taught Sunday School on a couple of occasions.
I became full-time at Peachmac in July, selling Apple computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and accessories. I love what I do. I feel as if I truly help people. I do not view my job as a salesperson. People come in with real computing needs and I help them—either by helping them understand what they already have or sharing with them products that will meet their needs. And, I’m good at it, if I must say so myself. I’ve developed a small following of customers who will wait for me if I’m busy. I’m also consistently in the top two in sales for any given month. At the end of November, Simply Mac sponsored a company-wide contest for sales and I won! I vaguely knew of the contest, but was just doing my job. For my efforts I’ve won a 50″ Samsung TV and an Apple TV. I won’t receive the prizes until after the holidays, but I am thrilled and was flabbergasted when I found out. It also gives me recognition within the new company.
Have seen a great light…
So, here we are in Macon, Georgia. Our second Christmas. It has not been easy and some days are still tough. We miss our old lives and the familiarity of Berry and Rome. When I was “transitioned out” we lost more than our livelihood and our abode—we lost a life that we had grown comfortable with and liked.
In Joel we read:
I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent among you.
I am beginning to see restoration. Restoration not in terms of money or comfort, but restoration for my soul. He has begun a healing process, and though I have relapses, my days of mourning over the loss we’ve had are over. He is good. So, this Christmas season when I hear these words from Isaiah:
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
I think our situation; for, it did seem, for a time, that we were walking in darkness.
You don’t know darkness unless you’ve been spelunking. Deep in the heart of a cave there is NO light. I remember sitting in a cave with a group of students and turning off our lights. The darkness was utter and complete. There was no light. We could have sat there for hours and our eyes would not have adjusted. Then I struck a match and it was if the sun had burst into our presence.
A match has been struck in our situation. He is Immanuel: God with us. So, this Christmas season we can be thankful and praise Him for all that He has done and proclaim, in the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one!”