I love this time of year. The sun is shining, people are out walking and playing basketball. Neighbors visiting, barbeques smokin’, people running around the park, tennis players on the court, squirrely school children ready to burst out of the classroom, and lots of celebrations! As the school year winds down, I’ve been reflecting quite a bit. I do this a lot anyway, but perhaps it’s in the closing of one season and the beginning of a new that I realize so much more.
Looking back on this year of my life I am amazed. Not at what I have done, but what God has invited me to step into with Him. He just simply extended His hand and invited me into this little part of where He was already at work. I grabbed His hand like a giddy little girl and away we went. I’ve seen so much growth…in my students and in myself. I don’t even think I can begin to describe it here on this blog post…it’s still marinating. It’s been good, it’s been hard, it’s been amazing, and probably the most challenging thing I have ever done…yea, I’m talking about teaching. Not just teaching…oh, no…so much more. So, for now, I will just let those thoughts, memories, and reflections just marinade a bit more before verbally processing.
Right now we about three weeks out to closing the school year. I’ve got some mixed emotions as I say goodbye to the 2009-2010 school year and my students. I’m thankful for all that has transpired over the course of the year, all that we have walked through together, and how I have seen the Lord move, yet there is a part of me that is sad. Endings are never easy. Yes, pretty sure I am coming back for round II next year, but still, this is the closing of my first year of teaching. Wow. Never thought I would say those words. There is much to be done, and yes there will be enough time to accomplish all of those tasks. I’m not even concerned about those things. I’m more concerned with the transition of my heart, my mind, my spirit.
Transitioning into the YouthWorks world again will be a fun and unique dance. They have changed (since I worked with them five years ago) and of course I have changed. I will be in completely new territory compared to what I have grown accustomed to here in Cairo. New, new, new. I love it! There are new surprises waiting to be opened. I look forward to each new person I meet, each new relationship that is built, each new ministry we partner with, each new church group I get to interact with, each new face that reflects the beauty of Jesus, each new revelation that brings me closer to truth.
Am I ready? Hmmm…good question. When do we actually feel ready for something? I think it’s smack in the middle of actually being a part of that “thing” when you realize, “yes, I am ready and I have been equipped.” Thank you God for this new adventure. I look forward to this dance.