Monday, August 23, 2021

Company Move: Blog Entry 7

Company Move: Blog Entry 7

Eight years ago we were preparing to leave Kentucky for Arkansas (Henderson to Fayetteville), and six years ago we were leaving Fayetteville to head back to Kentucky (back to Henderson!). I forgot how our company moves seemed to get lumped into two seasons (summer and late winter). Just like monsoon season in Arizona, or earthquake season in California, this is one of our moving seasons!
Mark started with Tyson Foods in March eleven and a half years ago, and we went from Cassville, MO to Henderson, KY (working in Robards, where he is again now), then to a position based at the corporate offices in Springdale, AR (he was on the road a lot and we lived in Fayetteville, AR), then back to Robards/Henderson, then we made a move ourselves although his job didn’t change (Henderson to Owensboro), and then from Owensboro to Harrison, AR (when he worked at Berryville, AR). Then we got to come to Alabama—first our company move to Guntersville, and then we chose to move to Cullman (to get out of that 2-story house with the great lake view!), and a job change shortly after we came to Cullman that didn’t mean a move (from a plant position to a complex position in the same area). And here we go again back to Kentucky!!
(Oh and if you’re counting, throw in little short term moves in between each job change move, as we always had a few months stay in an apartment (a rental house this time) as we waited for our escrow to close on buying our next home. And we were always under contract within 30 days of listing, even the time a realtor really messed up and we had to go back on the market and sell it again!)
Each move came with a range of emotions, challenges, and so much adventure—it often felt like we witnessed miracles unfolding. Sometimes my heart felt torn apart to leave neighbors, church friends, ministry partners, or kids and grandkids behind, and each time they covered us in prayer as God unfolded His plans for us in the next area we lived. Our self-moves were prayer driven and God-ordained in ways we could not have imagined—houses changed and sold, one with a buyer before even listing, one a house-flip move that was a huge blessing all around!
God’s always got a purpose way beyond the job change, and we always grow in faith in ways we could not have imagined. I expect the same thing this time too. There’s so many stories in each process, so many memories of seeing God at work behind the scenes in ways we couldn’t imagine. He is with us, before us, beside us, and comes behind us. He has protected us and provided for us. He finds ways to mix the bittersweet with the miraculous, and He always makes it worthwhile.
Moving is hard work—physically and emotionally, but like I said in the book, “It’s always best to choose the “hardest thing,” because we have to rely on God more…and our faith grows in ways we couldn’t imagine.” God is so dependable!

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