Friday was my last day of working at WCA. It’s a work and ministry I have loved serving in, and a job I was sad to be leaving from.
When I drove to work on Friday morning, my heart was heavy with so many conflicting emotions. I was sad to go, but excited about where I was headed. I couldn’t imagine the day I wouldn’t be able to greet and care for the school kids anymore, but I could easily see the horizon of opportunity that lay ahead of me.
As I pulled into the parking lot, my emotions swelled up within me and I prayed for courage to get successfully through the events of the day.
When I walked through the front door I was so surprised by the celebration that stood before me! Streamers, lights, pom poms hanging from the ceiling, gifts covering my desk, and the faces of some of my dearest friends reminding me that there was “more to come.”
“More to come? What could be more than this?” I thought.
And sure enough, at lunch time they honored me with a little mini assembly of children singing and a beautiful luncheon.
The children made me cards, drew me pictures, some wrote notes, the older students presented me with a card and gift cards, and the staff presented me with a picture collage of all the students and a card with a generous gift card as well.
At one point they handed my armload of stuff to our Associate Pastor who jokingly said to me, “You sure you won’t stay, looks like this place might fall apart without you.”
We both laughed at his comment and then I added, “You know what? I would never have been able to make this move forward had it not been for my time here at WCA. God used this place to heal me and strengthen me, and I will be forever grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity.”
“Well then I guess it served a good purpose,” he winked and said.
And it’s so true. I was hired by our Pastor exactly two months following my devastating divorce. When I looked in the mirror at that time, I saw a broken woman with a scarlet “D” across her chest – but when my Pastor looked at me, he saw the person I had consistently been and wanted to utilize the gifts and talents that he believed still lie within. Pastor is a tender-hearted person and sees potential and good purpose in just about everyone.
I’m so grateful that God sent me to the FBCSB to heal after my divorce. I will always be thankful for the tender loving care that I received there and the special encouragement that was given to me by the Pastor as I served as the Administrative Assistant at WCA.
I was so surprised by all the love and gratitude that I was shown on my last day of work. I really didn’t expect my final day to be so special. To think my life and work made a good difference in the lives of others while I worked there humbles and encourages me.
Needless to say, I spent my final day of work filled with tears. Sad tears because I was leaving people and a place I love, and happy tears because of the fact that God used me to strengthen and encourage these people and this place that I love.
“Sometimes reality moves us in directions we would rather not go,” I mentioned to someone the other day. And it’s so true, isn’t it?
But just as true is the fact that God uses those changes of direction to grow us, strengthen us, and sometimes even heal us.
God used divorce to bring me to Melbourne and to this job at WCA – both which have been used to fashion me into the healthy forward moving woman I have become today.
Humbled and so grateful. These are my final thoughts as I close the chapter of my time serving and working at WCA.