Monday, August 22, 2005
Think you can’t get there from here?
Cross roads. Life choices. Which way to go…
I did a late-night in the dorms last year where I talked about my own career story. What struck me was how often I’d made decisions in the dark. You know, that place where you don’t know which way to go but your back’s up against the wall and you have to choose something.
Iíve been in that spot many times. But over the weekend I thought of yet one more incident. Again, I didn’t know what I was doing but somehow ended up in an entirely different spotóthe place I was designed for—because of the changed direction.
Here’s the story…
After my husband and I got married, we moved to Brooklyn, NY where he attended grad school. Meanwhile, I had landed a teaching job in one of the boroughs with an eventual masters in mind as well. After a year or so, I started taking classes at Columbia.
Oh, but wait. What about the money? Everyone I talked to at Columbia had scholarships or financial aide of some sort….everyone but me, that is. Hmmm. Small plan-changing detail causing us to pack up and move to another state with more manageable tuition.
Why am I telling this story? Because I was headed in an entirely different direction with that first masters. And, after moving and thinking through what I really wanted to do, I ended up in a program which paved the way for where I am now. An apparent dead end became an ultimate open door.
Did I know at the time that I was heading in an entirely different direction? No. Not at all.
Which is the beauty of the whole deal. Our all powerful, wise and ever present God can and will get us where he wants us to be—-even when we don’t have much of a clue as to where that is. He can take even the muddiest of confused circumstances and straighten, meld, fuse, alter, and finally redeem them.