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It’s been a week of waiting, and trusting, and hoping in the Lord. Waiting to see His plan and purpose unfold for my life. For the past few weeks I have been working as a special education teaching assisting for a local elementary school. My days have been filled with the wonder of children learning, the frustrations of children struggling, and the joy of being in their midst to help them along the way.
I’ve floated from class to class like the carefree clouds drifting across the September sky. Flexible was the key word as I moved from kindergarten to first grade, back to another kindergarten class, over to read with the fifth graders, then down to PE, music, or art. I thrive on flexibility because I like variety and spontaneity.
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While “Flexible” meant change in my day to me, it did not imply a major change was ahead. I could continue to float around campus as needed with a heart full of joy because there was a solid foundation–a guaranteed job–upon which this flexibility was built. However, when the foundation began crumbling, the foreboding presence of a permanent change was not welcomed in my spontaneous world.
Somethings do not fit under flexible or floating. Having to leave my job because of the lack of funding and a change in my duties was not a joy-filled experience. I learned just how far my flexibility would go before I was stretched thin like a rubber band pulled over a too-wide package.
I fell on my knees before the Only Foundation guaranteed not to crumble, my Lord Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In this changing world, I can afford to be flexible because I know He is there to direct my meanderings along the path.
Because of His grace and the caring staff with whom I work, I have grace to work for at least one more week. I’m resting with that in the Lord. He knows the plans He has for me. And they are plans for my good.
For this, I give thanks this week.
Lord, thank you for all the blessings you have provided this week and the way you have revealed yourself through circumstances in my life~
210) for the love and hugs from those little precious children I’m blessed to work with
211) for the caring staff and teachers with whom I work
212) for another week of work
213) for the incredible clouds You have made that drift across this Arizona sky
214) for sweet fellowship at church
215) for the new Bible Study at church covering some Old Testament books
216) for our family gathering for prayer
217) for the energy to clean house
218) for the Oldest barbecuing yummy steaks
219) for times of celebration–the Oldest’s grades
220) for the frolicking time of puppy-sitting for a friend’s newly rescued dog
|Chip, our dog, checks out the puppy|
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NIV
Do you like flexibility or predictability? Have you found that Jesus is the one true foundation that never crumbles?
I have always craved, prayed and whined for the predictible in my life. However, God had other plans and I have had to learn to be flexible. Each change helped me to see His faithfulness more clearly. Thank you for this post and I hope you will not have to wait long to see God’s new plan revealed. Blessings to you!
The hardest part is not seeing the big picture. Not having all the puzze pieces to complete the puzzle. But, HE know what lies ahead. I love the old hymn, “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand.”
I noticed we did not have a link to Ann today, I am sure she is still trying to absorb and love on her family. Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the pictures and will be thinking of you!
I pray that God will give you peace about your “unpredictable” future. I am not a person who abides “uncertainty” well. I feel anxious and unsettled – as you so well put, I feel “pulled taut.” Thank you for your encouraging words. It is such a blessing to know that I do not travel this journey alone – I have God (absolutely!) and I have fellow-believers like YOU!
p.s. The pictures of the puppy were TOO precious! And Chip was so cute, too – just watching over that “little thing” – a little curious, and a little protective! 🙂