Saturday, March 1, 2014

Everything Happens For A Reason

The other day I received a text from a former coworker directing me to a Washington Post article about our former school. The school, that did not renew my contract, is closing due to incompetence, poor test scores, horrible attendance and fiscal mismanagement. 

I knew the school was having problems but I didn't know it was that serious. I was shocked to receive the news. When I explained what happened to my closest confidants, their reaction was pretty similar: 

Husband: So they did you a favor. See you can't do one of Gods people wrong and expect to prosper.
Mom: God is in the details. HE knows what we think we know.
BFF: Blessing in disguise. Your move was for the best. God removed you before this notice. 

During the last couple of months of school many of the teachers expressed their plan to look for another job but of course I was loyal-to a fault.  I just knew the school would see all my hard work and dedication and retain me for another year. 

I had it all planned out but God knew better. I wanted to work with my students for at least another school year (possibly two) before I moved to California. My husband and I were going to have a baby to be born late May or June so I can combine my maternity leave and summer vacation. I would return to school in the fall, apply for my California teaching license and slowly look for job.  By June my child would be a year old and I'd have a job offer in California. We would move in July. 

Of course absolutely nothing turned out the way I expected but I am thankful for it. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we don't know why things happen and sometimes those things are horrible but there is always a reason. I do feel better about not having my teaching contract renewed. I also feel better about my walk with God. 

Most people who know me know that I'm not the most religious person but I do have faith. Last year one of my New Years resolutions was to improve my relationship with God. I made sure I prayed more, fasted and gave thanks. I noticed a huge improvement in my life in all areas. 

Stepping out on faith is indeed life changing.

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