Wednesday, April 17, 2013

why?

Have you ever heard of Kennecot mine? It's a copper mine in northern Utah that is SO large you can see it from space. Eric has always thought that would be the place to work (as an electrician). Not necessarily his dream job, but if he could have picked anywhere to work, Kennecot would be his number one choice. He got a phone call from them a few months ago and did a phone interview. Eric was so surprised but way excited that they would even think about hiring him! But when they offered him a job, Eric was even more surprised that he was turning it down. We couldn't figure out why, but it just didn't feel right to accept the offer. Kennecot proceeded to call 3 other times with offers to come work for them. Each time we still felt like "no" was the right answer.

Last week a giant mudslide wiped out a huge chunk of the mountain side and covered 2/3 of the pit. Thankfully they predicted a slide was coming so they shut down the mine and no one was present to be injured. But how long will the mine be shut down? How long before the employees can start working again? What if Eric had accepted the job offer? We would have moved (which is ridiculously costly) just to be out of work. I mean.... yikes! We prayed and prayed about taking that job and we were disappointed when we were prompted to say no. Ask me if I'm disappointed now, ha! Our prayers were answered and we were lucky enough to see why the Lord was warning us that this wasn't the right choice for our family! 

Although our prayers are always answered (even if it's not the answer we are hoping for), we usually don't get to see the the consequences that could have been until much further down the road, if at all. It is so easy to ask why? Why me? Why this, why that?! As we all heard the horrific news about the bombings in Boston, I know I was asking why, as I'm sure the rest of the nation was. As I saw the picture of a missing young girl circulating instagram and facebook two nights ago, I asked why?! That young girl was found, but an 8 year old boy that was killed in the bombing won't be reunited with his family in this life time. Why?! God gave us our free agency. He helps us when He can, but it is not God's place to intervene. Nature must take it's course. We have to choose good or evil. God would cease to be God if He made that decision for us. But God will never stop loving us! If we ask (and usually when we think we don't want it) He will comfort us in ways that we least expect it. It breaks my heart that evil people strive to ruin the lives of perfect strangers. It breaks my heart that I will have to fear for my daughter's life every single time she steps outside of our home. It ticks me off that I can't just have the perfect life, perfect job and live in the perfect city (HA!) but I know that if I put all of my faith in Heavenly Father, I will make it through the craziness of this world and live a happy life.

22 comments:

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

SCARY! I ALWAYS go with my gut instinct on things because you just never know. That photo is scary and amazing at the same time. It doesn't look like it could be real!

from head 2 toe said...

That mine story gave me major goose bumps! That is so scary and insane! I am glad no one is hurt, but you are so right about being out of work and etc. WOW. What a telling and true story about heading to the promptings of the Spirit!

Jessie said...

I heard about the mine! I have an uncle that works there. Thank goodness no one was hurt. That is a really cool story about prayer and trust. What a beautifully written post. Good will triumph over evil. Our kids are gonna rock this world.

The Yarbrough's said...

Thank GOD he sees the big picture and looks out for us. It was definitely not meant for ya'll to move there. Sooo glad ya'll went with your gut feeling and your right...we don't always understand but there's always a reason.

Whitney Leigh said...

I work for Granite construction and we do a lot of work out there. Actually, we were just awarded the clean up job for Kennecot. BUT-get this. Someone whistle blew on this whole thing. If the anonymous employee hadn't called MSHA to come look at it, the mine wouldn't have been evacuated and HUNDREDS of people would have died. Insane, right? THAT'S what gives me goosebumps.

Glad you guys didn't move up here for it. That would have been tragic. Try again in 2 or 3 years though. :) Maybe it will be right that time.

Julie said...

Life is full of "whys" and I hope we can all get answers one day.

alesha said...

What an amazing blessing to have our prayers answered. And thank goodness you two listened when the answer came to you about your husband's prospective job! Great post :) thanks for sharing!

Amberly said...

What a great blessing!!!

Amberly
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Veronica @ Passion, Pink & Pearls said...

Incredibly story of trusting the Lord...it's hard sometimes but always so much better...his plans are beyong our understanding always. We are called to trust not understand.
Love what you wrote!

Maria Camila said...

Omg that's so scary, everything always happens for a reason. Thank goodness your husband didn't take the job.

XO, Adropofbliss.com

Kati Schroeder said...

It's so amazing how He works!!!

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Alisha said...

Amen. Amen. and AMEN. Preach it, sista! There are so many things in this life that we'll never understand, but with free will that God gave us there's always going to be evil and bad things happen.

So happy that you and Eric were faithful and listened to your hearts about the job and move! I admire you guys so much. xo

Carlie said...

Wow! What a blessing! I'm glad it ended up working out in your favor!

Lindsay said...

TOTALLY SCARY! Something similar happened when my husband was wanting to interview with different companies -- the one he REALLY wanted called him, did an interview and made him an offer, but he said it just didn't feel right. Sure enough, the company went out of business six months later. Ugh!

So glad you listened to your hearts on this one. <3

Dining Alone said...

Very scary stuff! I hope all of those people can get back to work soon.

Samantha (at) Life Style Love said...

It is crazy how life works out and we just have to trust God!

By the way, your beautiful daughter is a precious little fashionista! Love all the 'hair' accessories :)

xo samantha

C.Curley said...

I'm so glad you both sought the Lord in making that decision and listened when He spoke. That is not always easy to do, especially when all logic otherwise seems to point in a different direction. This is a great message, and we one we could all stand to hear over and over again. We need to TRUST in God!!

Shanley said...

Love the quote and so glad you followed the Lord. Great blog. I have a little boy about the same age as Mia. So fun!

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eliz said...

You know what they say...God works in mysterious ways!! when doors close in life...I am a true believer that it was meant to be..:-)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

Sometimes we don't know why we feel the way we do about decisions, but it is great to have the spirit guiding us in our lives. I am happy they were able to anticipate the slide and that they had everything cleared out, could you imagine? Everything works out the way it is supposed to.

Dinah Gacon said...

This post made me cry...not in a bad way but just how true those words are....It gave me goosebumps.

xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I had never heard of this mine before. That's amazing that he turned it down and it all worked out the best! Sometimes things happen for a reason and that's so wonderful that no one got hurt!

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