I very distinctly remember saying - before the birth of first sweet baby girl - that I did not like pink. Can you hear that? Oh yes, my friends. God is still laughing about that one.
One of Andrew's ph.D friends and his family are moving next year...because they've been blessed with a job! This news is bittersweet for us...we're happy for them, but sad to see them go, you know?
But there's been another layer to all of this. Their departure has Andrew and I wondering in our hearts what God's plans for our future are. From the time before we got engaged, we've tried to trust Him at each step. We've tried to follow where we felt Him nudging us...even if it seemed that He was nudging us in a direction different than the one we had in mind. And believe me when I say - there has been a doozy or two in that regard. But do you know what? We look back at each step and say, "Oh, wow. Can you imagine if things had happened differently? God really did take care of us there."
Looking toward the future, we're trying to still remember that, but it's so hard sometimes! Andrew doesn't feel called in the same direction as his friend, so it's not as if their future even could have been ours. But it's so easy to look at the lives of others and wish they were yours, no? It's so much harder to trust in the "slow work of God;" to trust that in each step, He knows exactly and precisely what He is doing.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
-Teilhard de Chardin (source)
(We used to pray that prayer a lot when all of us were being formed in the ECHO program.)
If you made it to the end of that prayer, I have one more thing to share that I've been holding back on because it wasn't "official" quite yet. But now Andrew got his contract and I can say it...he's going to be an adjunct professor at the Archdiocesan seminary next year! He'll be teaching Greek next year, in addition to the work and teaching he'll be doing in his graduate program, and in addition to writing his dissertation. I'm so proud of him! We were fairly young when we met (he wasn't even 21 yet!) and it's just been such a joy to "grow up together." I feel so incredibly blessed to get to see the man that he is becoming.