I took this picture en route to Lubbock this past Saturday morning. My purpose in driving an hour away in the early dawn was this—my Zumba Instructor Certification. This past weekend, I officially became licensed to teach Zumba Basic. And as thrilled as this makes me, this is only a small part of the great big horizon toward which I now move.
Today I awoke with a new song of peace.
For almost a year now I’ve known, through prayer and growing conviction, that I would not be working full-time this fall. We didn’t know when or how it would happen, and even though Edgar was cautious at first, I felt a confidence that everything would work out in His time. And when the time came, Edgar recognized it before I did.
That time came less than two weeks ago.
I write this now, no longer as an employee at Wayland. Learning and serving at Wayland has taught me so much and has equipped me for this next step in my life. For a while now Edgar and I have felt that my purpose in direct service as full-time staff at Wayland (or anywhere) was coming to an end. Now it is time for me to serve my family, my career goals, and to walk in obedience through faith. The path we have chosen in not a popular decision, nor well understood, but I have found that the most important decisions I have made in my life did not come without a significant amount of human risk and require a great deal of trust in God. And God has never let me down.
Next week I begin working part-time at a local coffee shop. I will also be pursuing Zumba instruction in the near future, and possibly leveling classes for graduate school. But more importantly, I think, I will be able to serve my home, my blog, my health, and my loved ones with a far greater capacity than before. I am learning that stability does not always equal balance, and I continue to learn that faith does not come without risk. And this is a risk we are wholeheartedly ready to make.
“…I [, Jesus,] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6