Several years ago my husband started his own company. It blessed us not with enormous monetary gain, but with time. Time for my husband to have more dimension to his life outside of work, time for him to help in our kids classrooms at school, time for him to get home early enough for us to have regular family dinners together. It has been all that we hoped and more.
Hubby & kids on a hike last Spring.
It has also been a struggle. Financing is no easy task for any organization right now. During one particularly difficult time we rented the movie "Facing the Giants" for one of our movie/pizza nights with the kids. This is not a highly produced Hollywood film, it is a simple low budget movie with a moving message about the power of God in our lives. During one scene the coach is overwhelmed with all of the turmoil in his life. He is approached by a man that tells him this parable. "Two men asked God for rain. One prepared his fields to receive the rain, the other did nothing. Which man do you think God blessed with the rain?"
My husband had been feeling really low and uncertain that all of the effort he was putting into his company to save it would ever make any difference at all. I looked over at him during that scene and saw tears in his eyes. It was such an encouragement for my husband to continue pushing forward. A couple of weeks later we woke up to get the kids ready for school and our son Ben ran to the breakfast table to announce with great hope, "Papa it's raining!" My husband smiled and said, "That's great Ben." Ben just looked at us and said, "Don't you get it, you prepared the fields Papa and God is sending the rain." Such faith, such hope, out of the mouth of a child. It infused us all with anticipation to expectantly watch for God to work out a plan for good. I wish I could say that was the day that the company was funded. Sometimes things just aren't that simple. But in God's unique way, He used a movie and my son's childlike faith to teach our family a valuable lesson of trust.