It’s something we didn’t want to do. Grace has been given to us in utter abundance and we strive to offer it to others with similar reckless abandonment. He has a family. Eight kids as of date. It began with talks. Problems continued and it became obvious. We had to let him go.
See, when you have hired help you are supporting not only them but their whole family as well. Our kids played together. The timing was hard. But the decision had to be made.
It’s not a light decision to be made. Our hearts were troubled. If it were an easy decision there would be something wrong with our perspective. Something wrong with our love. We know how much he needed the job. But it could not go on. He had to find employment elsewhere. There was too much going wrong.
So one sad morning, Matt and John went out there to dismiss him. Stay in the box of “thank you for your service but there is no longer a need for this position.” It would best honor him. It would best respect him. He wouldn’t be seen begging for his job. He would simply be paid for his work for that month and given more for a grace period while he sought employment. He still comes attached to a family. We still care for him.
We weren’t sure how things would turn out, but there was instant relief that there was a clean slate. And then we got the news that his stolen bicycle had been found and returned. and we rejoiced that he was also given another opportunity to find employment more easily.
And today I look out the window to check on them and this is what I see:
And I can’t help but see His grace in it all.
A grace that loves to play with the kids. A grace that teaches Portuguese numbers while he lifts them up to pick leaves. A grace that lets the teething puppy chew on his pant leg so he won’t chew on two little girls crouching to play in the water spout. A grace that erupts in laughter with them as he turns down the water spout that has sprayed them all.
(Look at her just dying laughing.)
It’s so much more than a person. It’s His provision. It’s His calm after a challenge.
And when they come in from the yard all wet and overflowing in giggles and smiles I just have to thank the Lord for His provision. (And then go get their wet clothes changed.;) )
Jehovah Jira (God our Provider) is and will always be
More than Enough!
-Thankful, grateful and beyond blessed.