Today was my last teaching day. As I left work, I reflected on my time there and felt a sense of finality; things will not be the same from now on. I have spent months refining a familiar and effective routine which will be no more. While I look forward to our move, my prideful side resists the new and daunting environment ahead where I am again a novice.
I drove away from the sunny campus and turned to the west, where dark storm clouds loomed a few miles away. Driving toward the storm, I contemplated the direction our lives are headed. I am sure we are willingly headed toward challenging times. I am naïve, but not enough to believe that our move will be easy, fun, or even successful. I know our faith, minds, and relationships will be strained. I know I will feel incompetent, which is my worst trigger for sinful behavior. As I headed for the clouds, I prayed for God to allow us to grow in all the difficulties. I know He always uses these times to shape my character. “Every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2