I accepted a new job offer to teach at a high school near where I live–a bittersweet decision because I loved the school where I was and loved my students. Yet I knew God was leading me to make this move, though it meant teaching two totally new subjects, AP Psychology, and statistics.
The week I made the announcement to my school was particularly rough–I sensed their disappointment as I went throughout the week. I never questioned whether I was making the right decision, but the stress of what coming next with prepping and planning two new subjects and adjusting to a new school was overwhelming.
By coincidence though, that same week I decided to help my parents clear a portion of their attic of some belongings from my childhood room. They had been asking me to help for quite some time and I decided, why not tackle a box or two while I had a moment?
A Forgotten Dream
I pulled out a box began rummaging through. Inside was an assortment of mementos, papers, toys, and trinkets. But then, jammed in with the random stuff was an AP Psychology guidebook. I never took AP psychology in high school, so I wondered, what is this book doing with my old belongings? Then, it hit me.
When I was in high school almost a decade ago, I told my dad that one day I would teach AP psychology and would need this book. Holding it in my hands after all this time was such an incredible moment of fulfillment. I had forgotten all about that small wish, but here I was, preparing to teach this exact subject—nearly ten years later.
Making a Memory
This was a surprising reminder that God cares about our small dreams and our small stresses. He saw my hope to one day teach this course that even I forgot about. He also saw I felt overwhelmed by a decision I knew He initiated.
Then, He gifted me this moment of confirmation. Sometimes, even when we know God is leading, our decisions make us feel anxious and uncertain. But while helping clear my parent’s attic, I experienced a moment of His grace, and I pray I’ll always remember.
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