I’ve been reading the Tuesdays Unwrapped posts over at Chatting at the Sky for a couple of weeks now. What a highlight for the beginning of the week. I’ve been feeling moved to try my own for a couple of weeks, but it’s been hard these past few weeks to slow down, and to notice the small gifts around me. The beginning of the school year is overwhelming. The beginning of a new school year in a new school is unimaginably overwhelming. And yet, when I stopped tonight I was amazed by how the gifts are everywhere I look. It’s hard to pick just one for this week, but I’m giving it a try anyway!
It was Back to School Night at school tonight. I taught for half the day, had teacher meetings for the second half, and then stayed at school until 7:45 when my final parent when home, which meant that I arrived home somewhere around 8:00. I was exhausted; I am exhausted; but all day the same thought kept occurring to me. I am just where I am supposed to be.
I spent all year last year trying to be someplace else. I wanted big open skies, I wanted silence, I wanted to see the stars, I wanted a chance to start all over again, to create a different life. And then I got a job two blocks from my church, and an apartment a mile from both, and I realized, I am called to be here right now. I am called to be in the city with its light pollution and its noise pollution and its lack of green space and because I am where I believe God has called me to be, I love it here.