By Paul Kercher
It was at the end of 2014 and we were living in San Antonio, Texas when my boss and I started having some disagreements. We had been working together for almost 12 years. At the time, I didn’t fully understand what was happening.
I had previously been trying to find a job in St. Louis to be near my elderly parents, but I didn’t find anything. So, I was resolved to stay in Texas at the job I enjoyed.
My boss and I used to have a really good relationship with great performance reviews, to the point where he would make comments like “it would be better that the department loses him than me”. However, by the end of 2014, he went through some life changes and his disposition towards me was different. He began searching for creative ways to find fault with my work. When I discovered the behind-the-scenes plotting he was doing, I was shocked. It was intense.
Naturally, I tried to figure out how to change this situation, but nothing I did helped. Meanwhile, God was working behind the scenes. First, He put in my small group, a close friend who was also going through a similar situation at his job. We were able to meet early mornings and pray together as we both faced the stress of going to a job where you knew that no matter how hard you tried to change the situation, it wasn’t going to make a difference. I believe God was hearing our prayers. Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
We continued to pray. Jobs in my field, however, were not materializing. One day I looked outside my immediate background and experience. Since I had enjoyed teaching college level courses part time on occasion, I spent only part of one evening looking at full time online faculty positions. A great university caught my attention and I applied. I received a response the next day. I was a little concerned about the significant pay cut but I really liked the sound of the job and I needed to get out my situation. So I asked that they consider my current salary and experience before making any final offer. To my surprise, they decided to go beyond the top of the salary range and made me an offer comparable to what I was currently making. I took the job. I am reminded of Psalm 121:7-8, The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.
My dad, who was 88 at the time, was having a tough time taking care of everything, especially as my mom’s health was deteriorating. My parents had been praying a lot not to be taken to a nursing home (as all of my siblings wanted). While previously, my wife and I had expressed our desire to help take care of my parents, we never saw how it would be possible.
Having an online job opened up an opportunity to work from anywhere. We decided to spend the summer of 2016 in St. Louis to be near family – assisting my parents. Within a month and a half of us getting here, my mother passed away. It was such an incredible blessing for my family to be able to be with her – spending her last days together. That’s when it dawned on me that God was with me the whole time and knew exactly what He was doing.
This past week, I was offered a promotion and I just accepted it . God is good!
As we continue to be amazed by God’s guidance, we realize that God goes out of his way to take care of us. Matt 6:25-34: Do not worry about your life… (or anything); He cares for us deeply.