Quest | CWBC

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Quest | CWBC

This month the ChristianWriters Blog Chain’s subject is ‘Quest’, a word that brings to mind tales of daring and sorrow, of heroes and fiends… and life. The reason I say this is due to my own life’s Quest the past months. Oddly enough, it does  not entail writing, though I know that is the subject matter of most of my CWBC blog posts.

My husband’s career for the past 7 years has been that of Construction Safety. In March of 2011 a Canada-based construction company hired him for an 18-month project in Eastern Washington. Because of the distance from our home in Kent, I would only be able to see him on weekends. During the winter, when the Pass is closed due to inclement weather, those weekends would be few and far between.

The Lord put His hand in our affairs and made it possible for us to rent out our Kent house to friends and get me transferred within my company to a project site in Eastern Washington. We also found a great house to rent, which would be paid for by the hubs’s company. Some of you may recall previous posts of the Eastern Washington locale, the small town feel, the laid back atmosphere, and the sense of ‘spiritualism’ (for lack of a better word).

Suffice it to say, the hubs and I love the area and do not want to leave, even when the project is done in December of 2012.

Around Thanksgiving we received dire news: they were pulling my husband from the project 12 months early. Instead, he would report to the district office in Bellevue. It would all happen the beginning of the new year.

We were confounded. How could this be happening again? We were in a similar situation in 2010 when my husband was assigned to a naval base project as the safety officer. Again, I only saw him on weekends (or less) for 5 months.

But now, we had left our “wet side” life behind. We had rented out our house, relocated everything – even the dog – only to be told that he would no longer be on this project. Not only that, they did not even know where they would put him. Both of us were deposited with little regard into a state of limbo. The one blessing we held was the fact both of us still had jobs in a floundering economy so we have been better able to float a mortgage as well as the rent of this second house.

Of course it would be easy enough for me to request a transfer back to the corporate office, if we wanted to return to the “wet side”, but we both feel our heart is here. Not only have we been transplanted, our heart and soul has taken firm root. The only option left to us was for the hubs to seek another position with a different company.

This is where we currently find ourselves, waiting for the final interview with a large company in need of not simply a coordinator or officer, but a safety MANAGER. There would also be opportunity for advancement to a director role in the future, something the hubs is definitely looking forward to. In the interim, we try to be patient and bide our time. To wait and see what the Lord has in store for us THIS time.

This current challenge has me wondering…. Was the promise of an 18-month project the only way to get the hubs and I to venture to the other side of the Pass? To find our real home? To put him on this better career path that might result in us succeeding as a 1-income family so that I can focus on my writing?

These are the questions waiting to be answered as we keep plodding onward, seeking the prize at the end of this grueling race we call life. I must admit the first adventure of a 5-month separate has me better prepared for the weekend-only visits, and it is easier to keep my hopes at a manageable level, but it will be nice to reach the end of this particular journey.

Will there be another further down the road? Most definitely.

Will it be the same? I hope not! Three times in a row makes for a bit of a boring quest?

Perhaps the future challenge would be the opportunity to move to a different state? Or perhaps it will involve a writing workshop or writer’s retreat to another state or country? Time will tell, as will the result of our current quest. But one thing is certain, the Lord sees the big picture and He will never ask us to make the journey alone.

Other participants in the blog chain can be found at the link list below:

The Blog Chain: QUEST

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  1. Jan 22, 2012

    Great story! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jan 22, 2012

    Oh, dear. You just got your office fixed up. Life is an adventure when Jesus is in charge.

  3. Jan 22, 2012

    Wow, so much up-in-the-air stuff to deal with – and yet – life is made up of moments such as these. Embrace it and squeeze the life out of it! Someday you’ll look back on it with fondness. :)

  4. Jan 22, 2012

    What a great story. I wish you the best whether you ultimately decide to stay or return. “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”
    Peace and Blessings

  5. Jan 23, 2012

    the more turmoil we face the more we find our choice is to trust God, be blessed in your quest.
    biiiiig hug

  6. Jan 23, 2012

    Praying for you both. God knows all things and they all come in His time. All the best!

  7. Jan 23, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your situation. I will be praying for your family. It’s hard to have things up in the air, and it is hard work to Trust in the Lord.

  8. Jan 23, 2012

    “Some day” will take a while to get here because Mike and I have been in and out of “up-in-the-air” stuff since November of 2010…. It’s exhausting, but I as I said in my post, I am learning to put it in the Lord’s hands and trust both Him and my husband to make the best decision for our family. :) A large victory in the face of adversity, eh?

  9. Jan 23, 2012

    Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and encouragements. :) You are all a blessing.

  10. Jan 23, 2012

    It was very interesting to see how the Lord has brought you thus far in this adventure. Trusting Him for the next step, although challenging, is also part of the adventure.

  11. Jan 23, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your story, Nona. I can relate to parts of it, having been laid off after five years at my previous job and now working a part time retail job that may or may not become full time. I’m trusting the Lord to work it all out, but I’m also wondering if He’s trying to teach me something and if so, what. As E.G. reminds us, though, God will work it all to our good. :)

  12. Jan 23, 2012

    Wow, I admire your faith and perseverance through all these challenges Nona. I know that my wife and I just wouldn’t survive if we only saw each other on weekends.
    Good on you.

  13. Jan 23, 2012

    =) AMEN!

  14. Jan 23, 2012

    Sundays are my new ‘Monday’, as that is the day the hubs leaves home for the West side. He says those days are the hardest, and I must say I agree. I try to be a trooper when it’s time to say good bye and not let him see how much I hate it. After all, it would only make him feel worse about a situation beyond his control, and that wouldn’t be fair to anyone. We’ve got our laptops with built-in webcams and microphones, so we’re going to try chatting via Yahoo Messenger from now on to make the distance not so noticeable. :)

  15. Jan 23, 2012

    Sometimes God allows us to be uprooted to grow our roots closer to Him. I can relate to that with this move to Texas. I am still trying to grow roots, but I can’t see being transplanted back to California. This is my home now and I will pray and listen to God’s leadings as I know you are also doing.

  16. Jan 24, 2012

    Nona…a hard road three times in a row. We’ve been there. It’s why I first started homeschooling — so my sons’ schooling wouldn’t be disrupted mid-semester — again! Praying for you and Mike as you wander familiar, yet unwanted paths. May God keep your hearts close and bring you “home” together, wherever that may be, SOON! Blessings to you, Nona, and prayers for you and Mike through each step of this “quest.”

  17. Jan 25, 2012

    That’s crazy!! God is good, all the time and has an awesome plan in mind… excited to see what that plan might be for you Nona :)

  18. Jan 26, 2012

    Sharing from your weary heart made this very real and relatable. I want to know what happens.

  19. Jan 27, 2012

    So do I! ^_^
    We’ll find out a little more Feb. 7th when the hubs goes on the final interview/site walk. We are hopeful, but then again we acknowledge that sometimes God will throw a breaking ball instead of a heater….

  20. Jan 28, 2012

    The quest goes on and always will. Permanence, this side of eternity, doesn’t exist because we need always to learn and stretch. So, wherever you end up (at this time) may God continue to be alongside you.

  21. Jan 28, 2012

    Wow Nona, My husband and myself found ourselves in a part of the adventure we didn’t anticipate! But praise God, no matter what challenges that come your way, the Lord we be there and show you the way you should go.These seasons come and go, but clinging to the Lord and his wisdom, you’ll discover it was and is for a glorious purpose!

  22. Jan 29, 2012

    Awesome story, Nona. The Lord is guiding your footsteps. You an count on it. :-) I can’t wait to see how things turn out for both of you.


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