Last week (March 3) I went back to work full time for the first time in 12 years. Needless to say, it was a huge adjustment for my family.
To make matters even more interesting, it wasn’t something we had been planning and working towards. I had been subbing for the past several years because it kept me super flexible and involved in my kids’ schools. I hadn’t completely decided that going back to work full time as an English Language Arts teacher was in the cards for me yet. I had been praying that God would show me what I needed to do next, but didn’t expect this so quickly.
Due to some financial issues, like two 13 year old cars falling apart and needing to be replaced and things like that, I felt compelled to start looking and seeing what was out there. And this is where God completely steps in and makes a way. Many of you readers are teachers or have been teachers or know teachers. You know that, especially in this economy, getting a teaching job in a good school district is pretty close to impossible.
I was on the internet searching for tutoring positions in the two school districts where I sub. I was hoping to tutor two or three days a week which would be more consistent than subbing, allow me to plan my week around the days I work, and I would earn more per hour than I would as a sub.
That’s when I saw a position at a middle school I used to sub for a lot, but since it was about 30 minutes from home, I had dropped that school and had been subbing closer to home and in my own kids’ schools. This school was looking for an 8th grade ELA teacher for the next three months to finish out the school year.
Perfect! I thought. This is the perfect opportunity for me to try out going back to work full time, but with a short commitment that would allow me some processing time. So I decided to apply for the position. But I knew I was probably part of a big pool of people. So I sent a text. My best friend at church, Kristin, lives in the community near this middle school. One of her dear friends, since their kids were small, had gone back to work at this middle school and I asked her if she would check with this friend, Courtney, and find out what was up with this ELA position.
Here is my big lesson in “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Courtney, it turns out, was the Language Arts Coordinator at that school! Within days of that text, and a flurry of emails, I had met with the principal and Courtney and had been offered the job. What a whirlwind!
But it wasn’t just knowing Kristin, who knew Courtney, who knew the principal. I believe it was trusting God and knowing Him. I had resigned from Children’s Ministry this past fall and besides writing my next book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next. I had committed this concern to prayer and just had to trust that He knew what was next.
If you are a Christian, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” for you too. If you know Christ, trust him in whatever season you find yourself in right now: new planter’s wife, veteran planter’s wife, stay-at-home mom, working mom, whatever your current station, He is working amazing plans for you too!