Consider the Lilies..: Day 5..   

Jun 27, 2015

Day 5..

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

This is an easy one and won't tale long to explain..

Clay had been laid-off from Angola..  At that time he was not only laid-off but they lied to him and told him that he had been fired from Halliburton altogether and blacklisted from Angola permanently..
Once we found out that he had only been laid off and not fired from ever working for the company again, he simply applied for a job at another location and went back to work..  
But it was three months before we knew the truth, so we spent those three months without income..

It was true that he had been blacklisted from Angola; by a guy who felt threatened by Clay, but that changed when the company had noticed that without Clay, their yards in that region were not making a profit and they were loosing jobs (and millions of dollars) to other companies, when their major client (Chevron) ended their contracts with them..
At the time, the Chevron company men who ran the rigs off the coast of Luanda/Angola had made sure their contracts stated that they would work with Clay exclusively, or not at all..
So they guy who 'fired' Clay was fired for real, and the yard in Luanda went under until Clay went back..

Ok, moving on..
The first month of no income wasn't too bad..  We had just paid the bills so we weren't dire straights yet..  But I saw the next month looming ahead and I began to panic..  What were we going to do?  We had no money for bills, gas, food, rent..  Nothing..  

Then a friend of mine reminded me of a passage in the Bible..
Luke 12:20-28~ “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?"

I read that passage over and over and over for the next three months..  I repeated it to myself every time I started to think about the bills, overdue rent, or the fact that we were living on Ramen Noodles..
It helped, A lot..

So that's where the name comes from..
I guess that took longer than I thought it would..

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