It's bright and early in Santa Monica this morning and I'm doing it up Westside style with my double tall almond milk mocha (smile). Today marks my last day in LA county. I know. It's crazy. It's been almost 4 years of a whole lot of change and growth and tears and laughter. For me, today also marks the beginning of a transition into a radically new season in my life.
Since 2008, I've been in what people deem the "corporate world" - meaning, I've either been working freelance or full time for companies across this great country. A dear friend and mentor called this my "post graduate education" as I stepped into different work environments and situations. I've seen more of the world than I ever anticipated with countries like Ethiopia, Liberia, Argentina and France on the list. I've navigated some pretty intense heart break. I've delighted in some of the most beautiful moments of my life. It's been full to say the least. But now, as I step forward, the path is changing. The proverbial "road less traveled by" leads me to a place that makes absolute sense and absolutely no sense all at the same time.
You see, there's a trajectory in the work that I've been doing. There are steps, progress, ladders. And by choosing this next season, I've chosen to step off the ladder completely. Crazy, right? Maybe. But I believe that many of us have a keen sense of being made for something different. Some of us are made to walk with others up the ladder - a powerful calling, I must say. And I realized that I wasn't. The training and growth that I was able to glean from ladder climbing is invaluable. I have learned so much about people, leadership, effective communication, team building and grace. All of that will be woven into the tapestry of the next chapter. I wouldn't exchange it for the world. It's played an integral role in preparing me.
God's been working since the moment he commanded light to exist. He put a song in my heart from the very beginning. I still remember the Psalty song "Jesus put the song in my heart" - and as a kid even understanding the truth in that. But I always promised that I would never ever pursue music. I remember being 16, standing in my parents' drive way, committing to the Lord that I would never walk down that path unless He handed an opportunity to me. This would not be of my own doing - and will never be. Which is why I am beyond humbled to accept the calling to lead worship at Church of the Apostles in Connecticut. And I ask for your prayers. The weight of this calling is not insignificant. And the joy set before us is great.
I'm aware of the number of "I" sentences in this post and it makes me a little nervous, but I think it's important to say that this journey has been an incredibly personal one with the Lord. It's been challenging to be in California - but this season has been one that has ignited a raw intimacy with Jesus that I would not do justice through words. My prayer is that just as He will use my work training in various aspects of my life, He will use the delights, joys, suffering and challenges that have been in this chapter to bring others to a deeper knowledge of His love and mercy and goodness.
Are you ready for the next adventure?