I am writing to you from Atlanta, Georgia this morning…how odd is that?
Back when I was a young girl with all kinds of possibilities swirling around in my head for what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought being a buyer for a store sounded like an amazing job. Being paid to shop?
I also thought being a stewardess sounded ideal because, again…paid to travel?
Or a teacher because my stuffed animals made great students as I stood before my little chalkboard in the basement and handed out assignments.
But my heart’s deepest desire was to be a wife and a mom and to maintain a home and God gave me that, while allowing me to work part time jobs here and there that have given me much fuel to entertain you.
He also allowed me ample shopping for groceries and kiddo’s clothes and such.
And I have been blessed with so many travel opportunities without having to push a drink cart down a narrow aisle.
Although I still wistfully envy watching them gracefully point out the exit doors, emergency lighting down the center of the plane and demonstrate how to put on your oxygen mask.
All that being said; here I am, a few days away from turning 61, experiencing what it is like for someone to be a buyer for a store.
I have been given the opportunity, this late in the game, to accompany my dear friend and “boss” (she laughs when I call her that) on her annual buying trip to the Americas Mart.
And let me tell you…
I thank the good Lord He didn’t answer my whim to do this full time for some department store many years ago.
He knows me and… while this has been a wonderful experience and so interesting and fun and yet definitely hard work… I think how much I would have missed as I watch full time buyers making selections for their stores and I think of the pressure this kind of career has brought on them.
God wired them for it, bless them…but this lady right here is thankful for her smaller town and time to ponder and study and the way God let me teach.
Not in front of a chalkboard in a school house though.
God allowed me to fulfill that dream on Sunday mornings in front of a variety of adults at my church for so many years.
And now that season has come to an end, my friends.
Last Sunday I let those who attended know that I will be stepping down from teaching our class as of the end of summer.
Years ago the pastors asked me to come up with a name for the group that showed up to let me facilitate their learning and since we were meeting in a room where the equipment for a renovations project was stored, I said we were the “Under Construction” class.
I liked it because, while it did describe our classroom full of ladders and paint cans, it also fit my philosophy about this Journey…we are all works in progress…God is continually refining us and making improvements to fit us to look more like His Son.
This little blog grew out of a weekly letter of encouragement I sent by email to a few people. It grew in number over the years as it would get forwarded and people asked to be added to the list.
Those will continue as will this blog, because I am not finished encouraging those who God might send my way <3
If you attend our class (or ever attended over the years) and were not there on Sunday, please know how deeply loved you are and how thankful I am for each one of you.
You were more than just someone who sat in a chair for an hour and listened to me ramble…you are an extension of the Body of Christ and an answer to prayer that God could use someone like me and I am so thankful that you are part of my story and allowed me to be part of yours.
You are my family and my friends, my brothers and sisters.
Group hug and I will chat with you next week..
because for now…
I have miles to go…
before I return to this room tonight to sleep <3