A Chapter Closed

 

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It’s a chapter closed.

And when I think about how much one’s life can change in just one chapter—just a few short years—I’m amazed.

It has been about four-and-a half years since my husband lost his full-time job. If you know me even a little, you’ve probably heard the story. About how we had a one-and-a-half year old at the time and I was seven months pregnant.

About how the economy was bad and my husband couldn’t find another full-time job.

About how the part-time work that he did find was inconsistent.

About how we didn’t know from week to week what his paycheque would look like.

About how my husband decided to go back to school and now it was my turn to find work. I started working part-time while looking for something full-time. Except that, in the middle of all of that, my kidneys started acting up and I had to go on kidney disease treatment.

I’ve told the story a million times.

Shortly after going into remission and coming off treatment, I finally found a full-time job. We were so excited. Stability. It has a nice ring to it.

A week after starting my new job, I found out that I had to go on kidney disease treatment again. Two weeks after that, I found out that I was pregnant again. Long story short, due to the nature of the position, I didn’t have a job to return to after my maternity leave ended. With three kids, it wasn’t worth it anyway.

And now…

Several years and a whole lot of miracles later, my husband is finished school. He wrote his last exam tonight. And as he laid down his pen at the end of it, a chapter of our lives closed.

Another beautiful chapter written by a faithful God.

It’s true. Through all of that, God has been faithful.

You see, God doesn’t prove Himself faithful by protecting us from hard times. God proves Himself faithful by walking us through the valleys. By comforting us when we get scared. By loving us when we get angry. By giving us peace when we don’t understand.

By never letting go.

I wouldn’t trade these last few years for the world. Truly, I wouldn’t.

But I am looking forward to a new chapter.

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