Let me tell you my recent employment history, which I believe was influenced by our Lord.
I was displaced by a department of state government from an excellent and very well paying position, due to change in the governor and the political party. It was done amicably, "You're a good guy, but, etc."
I was out of work for 6 months; my brother hired me in a temporary position for 2 mos.; he paid me more than the position would customarily pay. Two months later, I was offerred a position with another elected official, an Orthodox Christian, but all he had available was a position that represented a 56% pay cut from my prior full time position. I've been taught humility, living on this salary. I did not seek other employment because I wanted to continue to earn time in the public sector retirement system, in which I had 27 years invested. Coincidentally, 4-5 months after my employment began, this public entity began experiencing substantial financial short falls in revenue and an ostensible mandated extraordinary expense. The public entity decided to try a "buy-out" program to reduce the work force. They offerred to buy 3 years for those who choose to accept the buy-out and retire. 30 years is the amount needed for, what is considered full retirement, w/a generous minimal cost medical plan. The buy out will give me 30.5 years. My annual pension amount will be 26% more than my current salary. I will also be entitled to a preliminary, one time payment of a sizeable amount money. By coincidence, the date that is most economically beneficial for my effective retirement date, is the day before Great Lent begins. I'm going to spend some time in my church, utilizing the talents God gave me, to the benefit of my parish, doing things I've put off for years.
The lessons here: The humility and the blessing of a substantial pension for life that I never expected; and I'm 55 yrs. old, so I can get another job and just save the money from that salary. (I also received a relatively clean bill of health from a physical I had several months ago.)
PeterThe Aleut, I will add you to my prayers and I've typically enjoyed reading your commentary herein.