Monday, February 6, 2012
Under heaven, everything will change. Change is sometimes dreaded because it is inflicted upon us by external forces. On the other hand, it can come upon us as a result of slow internal processes guided by our thoughts, priorities, and aspirations. Either way, when one change happens, hundreds or even thousand other changes will come along. And the required adjustment can be overwhelming or invigorating. I've written some of my thoughts about this in my other blog (When Climate Changes).
Our family is undergoing changes - positive changes. These are exciting days but our faith is being put to the test. Right now, we are constantly reminded of the Giver of all that we have and hope for. It is tempting to use the things we see and hear as parameters for determining things that ought to be good or not. And yet the ways of the Almighty God are beyond our comprehension. I would prefer that our thoughts and actions be guided by the Spirit because in God alone do I trust.
Tim is getting a new job. He has been working for Phoenix Technologies (a leading BIOS company) as Chief BIOS Architect for sixteen years and enjoyed it. At one point I called his job as a hobby-job because he loves programming - he writes codes for fun. He considered himself as an idea hamster - producing patentable ideas. He has at least eight US Patents in his name. As a family, we enjoyed and appreciated the financial rewards and stability that it offered. At the time when some employees were being laid off for one reason or another, he was being offered retention bonuses in order to remain. His services are valued - no doubt about that. When we moved to El Dorado Hills he worked at the Intel facility in Folsom on a Phoenix/Intel collaborative project. When the project was done, he was allowed to work from home which is priceless for our then growing family. Tim is a very loyal sort of guy but his personal aspirations drive him to take a big stride now to welcome change.
So far, Tim has accepted a new job offer, resigned from his current job and has two weeks to transition away. This is a bitter-sweet moment in his career. But just like the birth of a baby, the labor pains to bring forth an unknown and unseen child pales in comparison to the hope of launching a new life that will soon grow for us to enjoy.
God is good to us!