If you asked me when I was seven what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have likely said Math teacher. Yet, when it was time to choose a college major, I made a different choice. My love for Math and teaching had become encumbered with other goals. I graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering, and for a while, I was creating the career I thought I had dreamed of. Yet, unbeknownst to me, my desire to teach was not gone; it would show up unexpectedly as the years went on. One of those places was when I left my career to become a homeschool mom.
“When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer. I prayed for her before the temple, and I will seek her until the end, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe. My heart delighted in her. My feet kept to the level path because, from earliest youth, I was familiar with her.” (Sirach 51:12 cd-20)
God speaks to us through our desires. Whether through RCIA or writing, God has used my heart’s desire to guide me through his paths. My love of teaching has blossomed as I pass on the faith to the people God places in my life. The dead wood has had to be cut back to make room for the new blooms. The lesser goals and desires that encumbered me had to make way for God’s plans.
“Continue to let the holy and ever-gracious Will of God be your rule, your center, and the purpose of all your actions and desires. Our dear Father who is in Heaven keeps his loving glance fixed upon us, and his divine Providence foresees and ordains everything for our greater good.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
Let us pray:
“I thank the LORD, and I praise him; I bless the name of the Lord.” (Sirach 51:12)