There’s a Purpose to It All

I ran into a high school guidance secretary, one of the few who still has a job, when I was at the mall this morning. I asked if she still had a job and she replied that she did. She was on her way there. Grade-level secretaries don’t start until teachers do, so she has to rely on parent volunteers to help with scheduling. That will make it a lot harder. She asked about my job, and I told her I had taken a job as an aid instead of a teacher, that it made me a little nervous but seemed like the right thing to do. She replied that “everything happens for a reason.” Yep. No one asks about somebody else’s job…or health…or mate at our age without knowing that the worst could happen to them. Fortunately, a lot of people in my acquaintance are skilled at seeing the hand of God in what does happen to them. Proverbs 16:9 says,”In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” I have found this to be so true in my life. I decided not to take a teaching job, and I am convinced that I am doing the right thing. The Lord put me in the job that I will start next Wednesday, and although it is not shaping up the way it had been explained to me, I am sure it will all work out. The big difference, I think, between being in your twenties and being middle-aged is that when you are twenty-something, you often feel as if the bad things that happen in life ARE going to kill you instead of making you stronger. As you get older, though, you find out that you will probably live through them, no matter how hard they are. In this uncertain world, I think it helps to remember who is in control, both when things go well and when they do not. At least I think it helps to remember that WE are not in control. And although I often have to be reminded of that, I am very glad it is the case. As it says in Proverbs 16:33: The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. Amen.

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