I have been wanting a change at work for several years now. Admittedly, I haven't worked much in the last year due to Michael's illness, then his death, and most recently my pregnancy complications. Nevertheless, after being at the same school location and in the same grade level for twelve of thirteen years, I have been ready for something new.
Then, sadly, there was a lot of controversy amongst the parent community and my colleagues regarding my need to be out on medical leave this year. When I left in February, I felt like a pariah. It was awful. So, I was dreading my eventual return, and had put in yet another transfer request for the coming school year. The trouble was that just as interviews throughout the district were being scheduled, I was having a baby! I had some anxiety about what would be, but then a couple weeks ago I just prayed about it and asked that the Lord would either change my circumstances, or give me what I'd need to venture back into that environment when the time came.
He is faithful and good all the time!
Last Thursday, my phone rang and the Caller ID showed that it was coming from my school district. However, I thought it was my current principal, and I really didn't want to talk to her because I'd heard that she had not honored my request for a grade-level change once again. As it turned out, it wasn't my principal. It was the director of human resources, and she was calling to offer me a position at another school in the district! Granted, it is for the same grade level I've been teaching forever, but the opportunity to be in a new environment with new colleagues was just too wonderful to pass up. I gladly accepted the position. I even told her it was an answer to prayer! It really is.
Now I can enjoy the rest of my time off without worrying about what's to come in September. What a blessing!