Sometimes in life things do not occur in any sane, logical order. Well after the original Creation of all things, that is! Before Creation there was only God and we came with His speaking into existence time, space, the earth, and so on. All I can say is that after I was born a lot of things happened in a fairly reasonable sequence. However after I became an adult that all changed!
I started my career, graduated with a Masters degree, and was married 12 years without ever having had any children. I see now the paradoxical blessing of never having had a family as a young woman; it just didn’t make sense why this happened as the years went on until more recently. It was the Lord’s plan for my life. Regardless I now have had the privilege of “adopting” my intended beloved husband’s grandson this past year and it is GRAND! I love it! Sitting here in the great State of Indiana following the stream of photos on Facebook of little Jackson and his parents in North Carolina is the new replacement for dinner-with-the-family on Sunday afternoons. Well o.k. Works for me.
Ah yes, work. I began my career as an occupational therapist, dabbled in worker’s compensation insurance, ventured into a home business three times (where I continue now as a hobby), bounced back after a few orthopedic injuries, and landed in an extended medical leave two years ago. I would have thought that I would be more vulnerable to such a serious illness when undergoing some of the more significant and stressful transitions in my life but it didn’t happen that way. Illness came when I was happily married, living closer to my hometown of Detroit, Michigan, secure in my relationship with the Lord, and largely homebound in a pretty place with a cool dog too. I have never felt more loved and it came after age 47, not as a baby girl. Works for me.
And there it is again. Work. My training as an occupational therapist brings a fascination with all things “work:” from the menial tasks of housekeeping to the time-and-motion requirements of an assembly line worker. I am amazed at the inner workings and outer performance capabilities of the human frame in addition to our ability to love, to hate, to dream. Later in life I would also come to know the Creator of mankind as my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: the One who made me and you in His image. Oh how lovely He must be for all of us to be a copy of His humanity! My life has been a wacky journey of discovery for all that He has made and gifted me to be; my weaknesses in addition to my strengths are crafted at His hand, in His time. This brings me to the current day.
I received a job notification from a prominent continuing education company for a part time Lead Occupational Therapy Education Planner. Wow, that sounds cool! The Planner would assist in the development and promotion of continuing education courses for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants nationwide. I have spent my entire career continuing my love for learning as I moved from one specialty area to another, adapting from one work setting and set of skills to another. Then when illness struck and continued into the year 2012, the Lord guided me into an online jewelry business. I knew very little about ecommerce at the time! Within a year I am grateful to report that I had customers from most sections of the United States and had learned a variety of jewelry-making techniques. I could adapt my creative schedule any time of day or night. And the marketing and writing skills of previous endeavors got applied and developed further, including photography and the use of social media.
Even with all of that, my greatest joy lies right here with you. This blog has received my heart, my hopes, my fears, my dreams, my failures, and my successes too. You have been there for me, Gentle Reader, through yet another transition in my life. I have recently doubted my ability to return to gainful employment due to the nature of the illness in my life. And yet the skills of reading, writing, creating, and social networking have grown despite any hardship. So I applied for the position! I included the online business, eBook, and this blog as accomplishments of late. It’s just like an occupational therapist to examine the skills needed to get through the day and a person’s ability to match it to what is needed in his or her life. This is exactly what I have done these past 2 years and in considering this new venture.
Thank you, Lord, for creating me as an occupational therapist. You knew the skills I would need to navigate the events of my life and breathed the seeds of them into me decades ago. And if it is your will that I move forward with gainful employment with this new company, then I am ready for this challenge. I don’t need to know if it’s the right timing, if I need to do something else first as in the chicken or egg dilemma. I’ll just trust you with all of the details. How timely that earlier today I was talking with a friend about her preparation and experiences attempting to return to work after a personal leave of absence. I place both of us at your throne of grace that your wisdom and strength would infill both of us for the opportunities that lie ahead. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. JJ