Blessings In Unlikely Packages

by Larry Hehn on December 8, 2011

packageI’ve now been at my new job for three weeks, and I’m loving it!

I love the 12-minute walk to work. I love how well the company treats its people. I love the people I work with. I love the laughter we share. I love the work we do.

It’s the closest I’ve ever come to having a “dream job”.

It makes me wonder how I endured my old job for six years before getting laid off.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

Sometimes we fail to notice how empty, miserable, or at least misguided we are in certain situations until we are drawn into better circumstances and get a different perspective.

Losing my old job was one of the best things that could have happened.

Although it sure didn’t feel like it at the time.

Was it easy to go through the uncertainty of unemployment, the hassle of sifting through hundreds of opportunities to get just one job offer, and the overwhelming silence of mass rejection?

Nope. But…

Sometimes blessings come in unlikely packages.

Getting laid off didn’t seem like a blessing when it happened, but it has become one.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Pollyanna.

Bad things happen to all of us. Life rarely turns out the way we planned or hoped. I fully expect life to be difficult and painful.

I don’t expect God to make life easy, ensure that everything has a good purpose to it, or even allow us to make sense of all the things that we go through.

But I do live with the hope that, when we love Him and submit to His calling for our lives, God can salvage something good out of even the worst circumstances.

When have you experienced a setback that turned out to be a blessing?

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Jason December 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I’m still waiting for the salvage but I’m excited for what God’s done in your life man!
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Larry Hehn December 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Thanks, Jason. I’m praying for a speedy salvage for you too!

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Liz McLennan December 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

This is such an uplifting, happy post. I love it.

In 2007, we decided to plunge into very expensive renovations of our old house – a former Baptist church. It took a long time. It was expensive and it challenged my marriage in ways I’d never anticipated.

In October of that year, Luke was born. Two months later, my husband lost his job. So there we were: a newborn, a toddler, no income, a mortgage and $20,000 in reno debt. To sum up? It sucked.

But then… a year later, Mark got a job close to Belleville, we sold the house and moved here and for the first time in many, many years, we are settled and happy. Losing so much, we almost lost each other and our family…but we didn’t.

Biggest. blessing. EVER.
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Larry Hehn December 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

What a great story, Liz. Thank you so much for sharing it here!

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Cathy Siekierko December 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’m so glad things worked out so well for you Larry with your new job. It makes such a difference in our lives when work is actually something you look forward to–and the 12 minute walk is absolutely the icing on the cake!! Good for you!! : )

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Larry Hehn December 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thanks, Cathy. It sure is easier to get up in the morning these days!

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Kevin Martineau December 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Praise God for His unexpected blessings!
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Larry Hehn December 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Amen, Kevin. Thanks!

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Clay Morgan December 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

Great to hear Larry. I like your optimistic realism. You’ll be able to influence a lot more people because of these tough times you’ve faced, how you’ve gone through, and what you’ve learned.
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Larry Hehn December 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

It has definitely been worthwhile. Thanks for your kind words, Clay!

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