Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homeward Bound

Our plans seem to change daily but I have learned a lot in the last two years...and even these last two weeks about patience, flexibility and faith.

A few days after learning most of our plans had fallen apart we got some really great news. I had shared in a previous blog that Jared would be working at Georgia Tech in Atlanta once we returned to America. The original plan was that he would stay on his current salary through his Swiss employer but would be working in a lab in Atlanta. But the Swiss backed out last minute so that plan fell through and we were left wondering: "Where do we go from here?" Jared didn't have anything else lined up because we thought everything had already been secured. So he reached out to the professor at Georgia Tech and explained to him the situation of how the Swiss side of things had fallen through and how he would still be interested in working in his lab if that was still a possibility. In the academic realm of chemistry, jobs largely depend on available funding and we had heard from a recent employee from the group that he was downsizing because of lack of funding so we feared that there wouldn't be any funding and therefor no job for Jared. But God is faithful and good because the professor got back with Jared almost immediately and not only offered him a position, but offered him a larger salary than we had expected along with a flexible start date. Such an answer to prayer!

So despite many disappointments God has once again revealed that He is in control and that He will always take care of us. Our future is secure in Him.

Our plan now is to enjoy a month at home visiting our loved ones, getting Tot healthy and savoring all the freedoms that come with being in America. We'll return to Switzerland for 3 months to finish out our apartment lease then move to Atlanta in the early fall.

My purpose of sharing these blogs is to encourage others, so I hope that if you are experiencing disappointments, challenges or uncertainties that you will trust that Jesus is for you. He is behind the scenes perfecting all the details. When you seem to be out of resources or opportunities and your situation appears to be can still have faith that God will provide. It is in those moments where all hope appears lost that God can be glorified best because where there is little hope, God's divine power and goodness is magnified.

We have so much to be thankful for. We are incredibly grateful for all of our dear friends and family who have taken the time to pray for us and let us know that they are praying. Your prayers are so valuable and appreciated! We are thrilled to be returning home and sharing lots of hugs and smiles! :)

Tomorrow we will be HOME! Home sweet home. I feel like a child on Christmas Eve...too excited to sleep! :)