Tonight we went over to
Nelson’s folks’ to celebrate his mom’s birthday (seriously, 8 family events in
August!). Since his mom’s stroke last year, they have had a lot going on. It’s
been rough on everyone.
At the dinner table he let
the adults know his circumstances. I’m telling you, the guy is not the best
salesman for no reason. He put it out there and then went right into his plans
for the future.
Amazingly enough, God has
given him a tremendous sense of peace through it all. He’s convinced this was
God’s way of giving him the kick in the pants he needed to get out of there
anyway. I’m thinking, “Hey God, a little head’s up next time and easy on the
His family doesn’t worry
about him. Heaven knows they’ve got enough on their plates already. But
honestly, Nelson is a go-getter, entrepreneur, self-motivated, multiple irons
in the fire kind of guy. Why would they worry? They were like, “I’m sure you’ll
be fine. You always are. Pass the potatoes.”
As we got ready for bed, it
dawned on me that besides losing the job and the income, we were also going to
lose health insurance. Up to this point, this was the scariest revelation. I
know lots of people who have lost their jobs. I pray for them and am concerned.
It never occurred to me that health insurance is part of the mix.
With five children, three of
whom are boys, one of whom has a propensity for visiting the ER, my stomach
dropped. What’s going to happen to us? How do we deal with this part?
In that moment, I wanted to
pack up the kids, drive over to the house of the person responsible, knock on
the door and say, “Do you see what you’ve done? Do you see these precious
babies? Who is going to help when they get sick? How are we going to pay for
their care?”No worries, there would be
no violence, just a heart-felt appeal to human nature. Thank goodness I do not
know the address. It was late, the kids were tired and it wouldn’t have been
pretty – though that would have kind of been my point.
Instead, I asked Nelson, “Is
the health insurance already gone?”
“That’s a good question. I’ll
call HR in the morning and find out.”
When I wrote the first post
about this, I said it would be a journey. Something tells me the road is going
to be a little rough. I pray The Lord sends some shock absorbers.