This is the first time this information has been put into cyberspace, but 3 weeks ago yesterday, I and another co-worker lost our jobs. I had been employed with that hospital for 12 years. The first 8 as an office manager for a pediatric office, and the last 4 as a physician coder. I find it very ironic that the very man who told us 2 years ago, "No one will touch our billing unless they are a certified coder!" is the very same man who now finds that little detail unimportant. The very same man who had me terrified 2 years ago that if I didn't pass my certification test, I would find myself unemployed, is the same man who decided my job wasn't needed anymore. (I DID pass that test after shedding of much blood, sweat and tears...LINK))
Don't get me wrong. I am not coming here feeling sorry for myself. On the contrary. I realize I have joined the ranks of millions of others who have lost their jobs due to "tough economic times". Funny how those words take on a different meaning when it becomes personal...I have a peace about this change of fortune...more than I would ever have thought possible. My only child is getting married next month and 2 step-daughters have their wedding dates set as well, so the timing couldn't have been worse, financially! But I am excited to see where the Lord is going to lead me this time. I am excited because I know He has my best interests at heart (even though I don't deserve His best!) and despite the money I was making in my last job... (the best pay rate I ever had or ever hope to have in this depressed economy with my limited training)... I sincerely did not like the work I was doing. (So be careful what you wish for! LOL) It wasn't a job I chose for myself. Now I see the possibilities are endless, in spite of my age. Not monetarily, but at least in terms of personal fulfillment.
Now that THAT is out of the way, here is the real reason for my blog post today. How many of you know Peter and/or Catherine Marshall? Catherine Marshall is the woman who wrote the novel "Christy", which was based on her mother's life. She wrote several other books, one of which, "The Helper", is a personal favorite of mine. Catherine was married to Peter Marshall, a well known minister in his day, who also served as Chaplain of the US Senate in the late 40's. I wanted to share this clip from the movie, "A Man Called Peter", (a movie only 2 years older than myself) which is based on the lives of Peter and Catherine Marshall. In this clip, Catherine (who has been in love with Peter for 2 years, merely by hearing his sermons) is called on to speak at a youth rally. Peter finally sees Catherine for the remarkable young woman she was.
This movie makes me yearn for simpler times...
Times our children and grandchildren will never know.
Jeremiah 6:16 (King James Version)
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.