Tim did not get the job. The human resource person should not have posted the job. Tim was a bit shocked to suddenly find out he had a job. After such a long stretch, we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and glad for it. To find out that he doesn't have a job after all was a heart breaker.
Tim is a very quiet person, but what I have always loved about him is his optimism. He can always find the silver lining in any dark time. I got home from work today to see him slumped in a chair at the dining room table. "I don't have a job," he said, flatly. "I'm sorry," I said. The silence stretched. I put lunch on the table, and said, "Listen, Tim, it will work out. It always does. God has plans to prosper, not harm us." Silence. "Really. It will be okay." No response. "Tim? Really, do you honestly think that you'll never work again?" He looked at me. "I'm starting to wonder..." "Listen, I'm trying to be encouraging here. It will be okay. What is the worst thing that is going to happen? We've always dealt with hard times before, and we've come out of it okay."
He ate and left the house quietly.