Times are tough and money is tight for a number of my friends and colleagues at the moment. Who knows when this lull will end and when things will pick up. The famous saying in construction is it’s either a feast or famine when it comes to work. And it’s like the famine has stuck around for a bit too long and our patience and optimism are wearing thin.
It has been the perfect time for me to have a baby, but I’m looking forward to when work picks up. I’m hoping it picks up when I go back from maternity leave. My income helps pay for some of our bills. I can’t complain about money or irregularity of work though, because dad and I have changed our business to suit our needs. And we are so blessed. We can get away with a week or two being quiet, where as other tradies don’t have that luxury. They are the breadwinners for their family and they are doing it tough.
I remember before my husband and I had children we weren’t sure how it was all going to work out financially. I was bringing in the most income back then and we needed both of our wages to pay for all our bills. Even my dad didn’t know how my children would fit in around our work life but he was optimistic that it would all be good in the end. And amazingly it has.
I was fearful when I first found out I was pregnant with my first born Esther. My husband and I had just come back from our mad dash trip to London and Paris and with a mix of jet lag and antibiotics I was pregnant before I could even say ‘let’s try for a family.’
We were thrilled when we found out we were expecting, but our grand plan of saving for a year got knocked on its head. Literally. Thank goodness it takes 9 months to grow a baby. Although every time we have had a baby huge expenses seem to crop up right before the birth. For example before Esther was born the vacuum cleaner, microwave and iron all decided to die at the same time. Then when Magdalene was born the dishwasher, washing machine, computer, air conditioner and 2nd vacuum cleaner went kaput. I’m scared to think of having a third child because who knows what else will blow up.
Anyway, as I reflect on the last three years since my husband and I have become parents, we have been totally blessed and everything has worked out better than we had hoped. It’s not to say that it hasn’t been hard at times, but I have learned that the unplanned events in our life can end up being better than our best laid plans.
I don’t know when work will pick up in construction and other industries like retail and real estate. But I do know that we need to be open to new seasons and there are always new things to learn from them. For example we can learn endurance and patience or exercise our creativity by stretching our minds to think of new and better ways to get more work.
After every Winter, there is always Spring. God gives us the strength and resources to persevere in tough times. God knows we are over Winter. I’m open for a change of season and a change of mind. Are you?
2 Corinthians 1:3b-4The Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God.
Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.