Updated: Dec 20, 2021
Life takes twists and turns. Life can ebb and flow. Your path can change many times over its course. Mine has certainly done that, more than I ever thought. But one thing remained the same through it all. The Lord's presence. He promised to never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6 paraphrased) This reassured me that these changes through the years, were all for a purpose. I believe now, that I have seen where each change, ebb and flow, twist and turn has led me.
I have a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit's presence in my life. On this side of the cross we have a different relationship with the Father than the times before Christ came, because of the Holy Spirit, thank you Jesus for your faithfulness and obedience...can I get an amen?! From a young age, I knew of Jesus. I knew He was the reason we celebrated Christmas. But it wasn't until much later in my life, I made the connection between God the Father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit.
Recently, my career as I had known it sine 1995, made a drastic and wonderful change. I left a 26 year career in dentistry to work as the administrative assistant for our church. My husband and I prayed about it, weighed the pros and cons, (more pros than cons). It was not a hard decision. I did not take the offer to hold this position lightly. It comes with great responsibility. I am a representative of everything our church strives to accomplish. We are a place to be needed and known, discipled and equipped. It truly is an amazing place to worship and serve. And now I get to do it on a daily basis, as my job! I left behind the career I had known since I was 21. A career that suited me, I got to interact with people, I got to help them regain confidence in their smiles, and educate them on their dental health. Loved my time in dentistry. But I was getting to the point my arthritis was taking over and it became more and more uncomfortable to do my job.
The offer to take this new position in our church came at the right time. Though it is a bit of a shift in all I knew professionally as an adult, it is a welcome change in my life. The word abide had been repeated in my prayers and my thoughts for over a week after I took and began my new job. Not really understanding why, I looked up the definition. Abide: accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation). Here's another: to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm. Rest in the knowledge that the Lord worked all this out. Stand firm in His unfailing love.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:4-5 NIV
No matter how the path to where the Lord is leading moves, you can trust that if you abide in His love for you, know that He has a purpose for your life, purpose in your journey, and He will never leave you or forsake you in your steps. Remain in the Lord and He will remain in you and see to it that you bear much fruit. That your life will be something. Remember, apart from Him we can do nothing.