Two of my Facebook friends posted Proverbs 16:9 as their Facebook status yesterday. Two unrelated friends. I realize this is a rather popular verse but the coincidence caused me to pause and reflect. Could there be a message here for me? I have been restless at work. While my work is challenging, and I have a fulfilling career, I still find myself craning my neck, looking for another; perhaps better, path. Which way should I go?
June is the time of year when our pension information is sent to us. My earliest reduced retirement date is August 1, 2011. My earliest unreduced date is July 1, 2013. Reduced/unreduced is somewhat misleading. I worked part time for nineteen years after my children were born therefore my unreduced will really always be reduced. However, I made the choice to work part time deliberately because while I knew I needed to work, I also wanted to have time at home with my children. That balance worked for me. Now, after ten years of full time work; the last five as a school counsellor, I find I'm once again looking for change. What direction should I take? Should I move? Stay here? Change schools? Retire early?
I can be easily overcome by choices. I don't often go to the Marble Slab Creamery, not because I don't love ice cream, but because it's too hard to decide what flavour I want. What if I choose the wrong one? Far too often I settle on ordinary. Please don't get me wrong. I have anything but an ordinary life. I have a remarkably blessed life.
It was another intense week. As the end of the school year gets closer, students, staff and parents get more and more. . . well, let's just leave it at uptight! (me included). Deadlines, final exams, teenage hormones (I'm at a middle school) are in full force. It's crazy! Crazy good and just plain crazy. So, the question is; should I stay or should I go? And that brings me back to Proverbs.
What a timely reminder. My steps are ordered by God. I am where He wants me to be. I'm not stuck there. I have the option to take steps elsewhere, but I'm committed to the belief that He will direct (and protect) my steps. So, thank you to my dear Facebook friends. Your status had an impact!
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." ~Proverbs 16:9...
Who directs your steps?