That seems to be the theme of our lives right now – Reminds me of something Miriam learned about very early – the meaning of “almost!!” – when she was waiting for something. In fact, it got to the place, where she’d say it herself, like, “Let’s go!! Almost!! Get ready!! Almost!” because when I’d tell her we needed to go somewhere, she’d start out the front door, and I still needed to find her shoes, get my purse, check the diaper bag … and so I’d stop her by saying, “Almost!”. It meant we just weren’t quite ready yet.
In my husband’s job situation, this past week and these coming weeks may have the most potential for a job than we’ve had since May! Perhaps it has to do with the military/government’s new fiscal year beginning, but we’ve learned of lots of positions now or soon available in the direction my husband wants to go (patient administration at a military or veteran’s hospital or clinic). And so, prayerfully, we are sending out lots of applications lately – some for less ideal but good “foot in the door” jobs and one or two for THE seemingly perfect position as well. God can sort it all out since He has the overview of each individual situation, knowing what is best for us – if anything … So, it isn’t really even worth sharing too much more about these jobs … however, one can’t help but be HOPEFUL and ask for prayers that if GOD WILLS, a door would open wide. So, we have hope for a job … almost, but not quite!!
Same goes for the Army Reserves … an application process we began – oh – about a year ago!! But we fought through it – and at this point all the waivers we had to submit (for my husband’s age, for permission to get re-commissioned, and a myriad of other things) are approved!! There were moments when we wondered if all the obstacles were God’s way of telling us “NO” – but then we remembered we were dealing with the military red tape and pressed on. Every time we’d get word that all the paperwork was done, we’d get notice that something else (finger prints, a doctor’s note, another letter about another topic) was due YESTERDAY. And now, we DO have (we think!) official word that all is approved. HOWEVER, at this time, Dan can’t get commissioned in the 2011 fiscal year, which is ending for the military. So, he has to go before another selection board in October for the 2012 fy … and if they have a slot for him, he WILL (should) get sworn in. BUT until he raises his right hand and receives his commission back, it is just an “ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE” thing too.
And lastly, our dearly almost-departed vehicle that Miriam almost-killed back in May: we really thought we’d just have to count it as a loss and tow it to a junk yard to be used for parts. However, my dad’s friend said it may be something as simple as a dead “body module” … so a week or so ago, I had the car towed to a service center at a local dealership … and found out yesterday that the problem is indeed a dead body modular unit! AND my dad gave us a certain amount of money to go towards fixing our vehicle .. and the estimate was within $75 of that gift. BUT before I start rejoicing and getting too excited to get my car back, there was still a warning from the mechanic that once the body module was in, they still had to test the power steering module, which might also be affected, although they can’t test it until the body module is in. So, here we are again at the cusp of an answered prayer that is “almost … but not quite” answered.
In some ways, these things aren’t even worth mentioning because there is no conclusion to the stories, but so many people ask me for updates on my husband’s job, on the Reserve situation, and about our car that I feel like I should share … even though I probably should say “they are almost resolved … but not quite.”
I’ll let you know how things turn out … if and when they do! :
“Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek him.” ~ Matthew Henry