We all have a calling. For most of my life, I was called to be a high school Spanish teacher. Until, I wasn’t anymore.
After 9 years of teaching, I was able to work from home for a year in network marketing, but finances and the opportunity to work with one of my best friends led me back into the classroom at a new school. I have been in this position for two years, but have still felt released from my call to be in the traditional classroom. I love my coworkers, my students, the school culture, but my passion for teaching Spanish has not come back as I had hoped and prayed it would. God did a lot in these two years. More on that in a future blog post about my faith journey.
I prayed for God to reveal what I should do. This has been my constant prayer request for months–just ask anyone in my Bible study and women’s groups. I was not one to walk away from one career without a plan. Until now. After months of asking for God to restore my passion for teaching Spanish or provide another opportunity, I was sharing the same ‘ole request yet again when I said, “Maybe God just wants me to walk away in faith before He shows me His plan.” Instantly, I knew that was exactly what God was calling me to do.
I did not immediately go and quit my job. In fact, I dug my heels in and continued to ask for prayers of clarity and discernment regarding my job. I also prayed for an opportunity to arise to make the decision easier. I did not want to be one of those people who God calls to make a big life change solely based on faith. I mean, who wants that?! That’s not easy. That’s hard! But, that’s what He has asked of me. He asked me, that girl who said, “NEVER” to walk away in faith. And, I shall obey.
So… What does this mean? This means that I am resigning from my current teaching job and will not be returning in the fall. For now, our plan is for me to substitute teach part time until God makes the path clear. I will enjoy a couple of days a week volunteering at my children’s schools (that’s right, PTO, I’m coming back!) as well as volunteering with my church. This is not retirement. This is me waiting for God to give me my new direction. It’s such a strange position to be in. I’ve wanted to teach my whole life–since I knew what a teacher was. I lived in denial for years regarding my waning calling. It never occurred to me that God might release me from one calling as part of His plan to use me somewhere else.
I have a firm faith that God will make the right path known in His perfect timing. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this season of waiting by focusing on my family and faith. Glory to God!