It’s been a good week, a different week, a busy week. Here’s my happy dance in honor of my retirement:
Terry came up on Wednesday after my last appointment and helped take the rest of my things out of the office. I’d already taken home a lot of things over the last several weeks, so it was just the big stuff. My chair, my printer, the beautiful calligraphy my son Ken did for me several years ago, along with some other miscellany. It was a very quiet exit, really, since everyone else had left earlier than I did. It’s just strange, though, to stand and look at an emptied-out room where you’ve spent so many hours each week. Not my office any more.
Yesterday, I journeyed northward to spend time with a dear friend. We went out to lunch, gabbed and laughed, played some Mexican Train, and she had a “happy retirement” cake for me.
All these events in our lives mark the passing of time. I’m told that I’ll probably start having trouble remembering what day of the week it is now that I don’t have to go to work any more. That really won’t be much of a change, though. I have trouble with that already! Did you ever wake up and wonder, “What day is this? Do I have something going on today? What did I do yesterday?” as you try to orient yourself to reality. Happens to me a lot.
Driving up to my friend’s place was a new experience. I’d never been there on my own, and I went prepared with paper directions as well as programming the GPS in my car. Made it with no trouble, and felt quite proud of myself. I don’t like driving in places where I don’t know the traffic patterns. Makes me nervous.
And with all this random stuff, not for the first time this week, I’m thinking about the things I’m sure about. My husband loves me. Unconditionally. I have wonderful friends. I had godly parents. I’ve been privileged to see some gorgeous places this summer, and I have wonderful kids and grandkids. I have a good church with a good and godly pastor. It is a privilege to have a ministry there.
And I have a mighty, loving, gracious, and holy God Who sent His Son to be my Savior.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want!