Four years ago (5/20/13), I began my first day as principal of Jubilee Christian School. As I put my coffee cup down and sat at my desk, a combination of excitement and the enormity of my new role became a reality. And just as much as I knew God had put together the opportunity to serve as principal, I was just as confident He called me to step away from that role a year ago. Staying at the school, let alone getting back into the classroom, was not something I had envisioned being the “next thing.” But I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to teach again. I love my students and the people I serve with each day.
For about six months, I have known that my time at Jubilee would be coming to an end at the close of this school year. The school leadership has had to make some tough decisions and, sadly, the middle school program will be discontinued for the coming school year. Perceiving, receiving and accepting that news has been another journey—another bend in the road for me. After the initial shock, though, I have been overwhelmed by the gentle kindness and love from the Lord. Just 6 years ago, similar news was sent my way and, unfortunately, my response was quite shameful. Rage turned to bitterness, and I was consumed by pride – I did not finish well. When it became clear, a few months ago, that there wasn’t a way forward at Jubilee for me next year, one of the first things that crossed my mind was, “I want to finish well and do this differently than I did before.” Far from perfect, I can tell you that I have enjoyed the past few months with my students and my colleagues.
So what’s next? Well, I’m not ready to tell you that just yet. I really am looking forward to sharing with you how God has been showing up over and over again – including stirring my heart towards new opportunities. What I can tell you is that God has a perfect plan and we are a part of it! It’s because I know that He is fully in control that I am not freaking out. It’s been a privilege to serve at Jubilee for this season of my life. Now I prepare for the next assignment He has for me; completely assured that He will continue leading the way, covering Felicity and me with His peace that surpasses all understanding. There are many changes on the way for both Felicity and me, but God is able to see us through and to continue taking care of us far better than we could ever imagine!
Excited to share more with you in the days & weeks ahead!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.