I am missing the relationships. My co-workers, who are no longer my co-workers, were so dear to me and one of the best parts of my job. They brought me laughter, put up with my shortcomings, and were my saving grace when I was stressed. Now, I have to make more of an effort to maintain these friendships that I so badly do not want to lose.
This week, I will not be in a room full of 6 or 7 year old children. Instead, I will be in a house with a 3 year old and a 9 month old. This is my new season.
I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am so thankful for the peace I feel with my decision.
I know this new season will be full of different joys and different frustrations. It will mean new challenges and new celebrations. It means a different identity and different habits. It has given me more time to appreciate the little things but has its own set of obstacles.
As I enter my new season, I was reminded of these verses:
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NIV
No matter what season you are in, I pray it brings you a time of peace.