Back in January, I participated in a challenge called One Word. Basically, you choose a word to drive your focus for the duration of the year. I chose the word faith.
This turned out to be a good choice! A few weeks went by, and I was offered a chance to start a new teaching position at my son’s school, not more than 5 blocks from my home! I took it, on a leap of faith. I truly believe that God led me to this crossroads in my life and that He set this path for me to follow. Of course, I wouldn’t have taken the job without the support of my husband. But he was all for it as well.
Ok, now to check in. It’s been a while since my last One Word post. Since then I have enjoyed a series at my church that is going chapter by chapter through the book of Genesis. For at least 2 months the sermons were focused on Abraham and his faith in God. I learned a lot from this series and about the power of God. Listening to the story of Abraham and how God had a plan for him gave me hope in the plan that He has for me and my family.
Then, the Friday before our Spring Break, I found out that there wouldn’t be a position for me in the fall. Ugh. That was a little hard to take, and it bummed me out really bad. My income is what keeps this family secure, and without it I feared that we would be subject to living in poverty. All I could think about was how we are going to get by without my paycheck? And what would we do without insurance? What if someone gets hurt? What will we eat? How will we pay the rent? I interviewed for another position but, when school let out, I still hadn’t heard back about my chances.
In the middle of all this, I came across this verse:
Ok, this is sounding all “gloom and doom”, but really there is still hope for me. My Principal and Assistant Principal have assured me that they want me back, and once enrollment numbers begin to grow (maybe mid July), they will get the go-ahead from the district to bring me back on staff. And they are positive that they will need a teacher.
In the meanwhile, I am on unemployment/summer vacation and I am finding the positive in every aspect of this chapter of my live. The way I see it, this is the first summer in 7 years that I haven’t had training to go to. I didn’t bring home stacks of Teacher’s Editions to use in planning while on break. I can just relax. It’s actually been a blessing in disguise.
We’re not going to die from me not having a job. The God that causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall can also cause the sun to shine and the flowers to bloom.
So for now I will just have faith that He will provide.