If you hang out here very often, you have noticed a theme running through my posts in the last few months. A huge life change was about to happen and I honestly needed to write about all the feelings in order to process every emotion that filled my heart. An ending of sorts with the promise of new beginnings finally happened on June 5th. After 30 years of teaching, I said my final goodbye to colleagues and all my students the day before. I am blessed to celebrate retirement from teaching and all the hope and promise that comes with any life change.
As of this moment I do not have earth shattering plans for what is next, but I have hope and God’s promise that more is to come. It is enough! God’s promise of a new tomorrow is all we need to pull through today.
Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 MSG
As I read 2 Corinthians 1 above, my heart was doing a happy dance. Did you read it carefully? We get stamped with the Yes of Jesus. The great Amen is God’s Yes and our Yes together to create the beginning of all God has ordained for us to complete. This is what we need and reach for when waiting for the next “BIG” thing. There is truth and promise in our hope when it lies with Jesus.
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I am resting in hope and the truth that God’s promise is always true. I am leaning in and listening to God’s word and whispers in my life. I am practicing the art of stillness while at the same time reaching for the next goal that will soon be at my fingertips. I am readying myself for the next “yes” and staying open to all possibilities.
Saying my last goodbye is not the final act. Walking out the front doors of school gave me hope and a sense of peace that what is next is exactly where I am supposed to be headed. Looking over my shoulder is not needed, but setting my eyes on what is in front of me will lead me home.
How do you stay ready and hopeful as God is preparing you for your next “BIG” thing?
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