I’ve been sitting here in my house by the river for seven months. I have settled into my freedom of sleeping as long as I want, making plans for whenever I want, eating what I like when I like it, and changing plans at the drop of a hat. If I want to go for a walk, I might go at 10am, or noon, or 3pm, or 7pm. If I need groceries, I go when I get around to it. I might stay in my pajamas all day, or be out the door pressed and dressed at 9am. It’s a life of luxury.
But, guys, I got a job!
I know, I know, I’ve been trying to get a job for most of those seven months. I have been crying about wanting something to do, something to do. I have complained about my restlessness and need for something more…and now I have it!!
So, before I start work next Monday, I am trying to suck up my last moments of relaxation and freedom while also tying up the loose ends of everything I’ve started over the last months.
You may remember that I got very excited about a project with Days for Girls (http://www.daysforgirls.org/). I am happy to report that by the end of this week a friend and I will have completed 10 hygiene kits for girls in Africa. Many girls miss up to two months of school because they do not have the sanitary supplies that would allow them to attend during their periods.These kits will provide the supplies they need to stay in school.
Last week, the battalion and I finished our study on The Sermon on the Mount — I’m going to have to pass on the next study while I go through my training for my new job, but I am hopeful that I will get to rejoin them in the fall. In the meantime, I will carry them in my heart right beside the lessons we have learned together.
I put the last few pieces in my latest 1000 piece puzzle last night. I think the puzzle table might remain bare for a few weeks while I get my bearings.
Because, guys, I’ve got a job!
I was thinking yesterday about how perfectly God chose this job for me:
- It’s working with students one-on-one. This is really my favorite part of teaching. I will work with the same students every day, one at a time, for one hour each. I will get to know my students, watch them grow, laugh with them, and celebrate our victories together.
- It is part-time. When asked in the interview if I would rather work full- or part-time I replied that I would prefer part-time, unless that would eliminate me from the position. The interviewer replied, “Not at all.” I can determine how many hours I would like to work.
- It’s a seasonal position. I only had to commit through August. This allows me an opportunity to see if I can manage working five days a week. Since students commit to five days a week and see the same teachers every day, teachers must also commit to five days a week. If by the end of August I have determined that five days is too much, I can leave gracefully and move on to what’s next. If I like the position, I will be eligible to apply for regular employment.
- It’s an entry-level position. Translation: the pay is not great, but the responsibilities aren’t either! Someone else will write lesson plans that I will execute. I will have no grading to take home — no stack!
- I will be learning. Before I even start teaching, I will have eighty hours of training that will equip me to help students who have always struggled with reading. I love to learn. Even better, I love to share what I have learned with others. This is a perfect set-up for me.
How did I end up with such an awesome situation? My Headhunter found me this job. He has known me since before I was born. He knit me together in my mother’s womb. He not only provided a job that meets my needs, He provided me with just enough time to finish my projects so that I can enjoy Easter weekend with my family before I start work on Monday. He crossed every t and dotted every i.
I don’t know why I thought He wouldn’t.
for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.