God is Our Provider - Jehovah Jireh
A Promise Kept
Having worked in the software industry for about 15 years, I had not had the opportunity to work at a software Start Up. In 2016, that opportunity came across my path with some former co-workers. I signed on as a contractor, and then 6 months later was encouraged to become an employee. I would get paid substantially less as an employee, but I'd get stock. I made a deal (really, a promise) with my wife that if and/or when our savings ran out in this employee situation, I would look for a contract position again.
A couple years later, that's exactly what happened. Our savings were nearly depleted as we'd supplemented our income from the start-up to keep paying all the bills. It just so happened that within a week or two of our savings getting to a critical level, a fellow from a previous company I'd worked at contacted me with a well paid contract position.
I was a bit torn. I really enjoyed working at the startup with my team, but I'd made a promise to my wife. I asked God what to do, and He gave me a verse: "You’ll go back to your old work of planting vineyards on the Samaritan hillsides, and sit back and enjoy the fruit—oh, how you’ll enjoy those harvests!" Jeremiah 31:5. Your old work?! God didn't need to tell me anything else. I realized then and there that this was His provision and direction for me.