Saturday, February 11, 2012

For Such a Time as This

Today I was driving home from my Weight Watchers meeting with a heavy and sad heart.  Shannon had reminded us that she started this meeting two years ago this weekend.  She also remembered that when I first met her I asked her “How long will you stay”.  We had 4/5 leaders in 6 weeks.  She said she would not be leaving us.  I soon learned to trust her.  She helped me through many ups and downs.  She continued to encourage me even though she knew I was not following the plan, but still coming to meetings.  She has seen me through many “I’m starting over” times – even though I would stop trying soon after.  Despite it all she has been supportive, encouraging and patient with me and everyone in the meetings. 

Shannon (our leader) told us told us today was her last day.  I cried in the meeting, cried when I hugged her goodbye, and cried on the drive home.  My heart was breaking.  I am so excited for her new opportunity, but sad that I would be losing a leader I loved dearly.   When I turned off of 820 onto Trinity Blvd, I saw the most beautiful purple sunrise.  I have never seen that color in a sunrise before.  It was so beautiful.  Purple is a color that is very dear to my heart.  I even decorate my classroom in it.  It reminds me of the story of Esther in the Bible.  Esther was put where she was “for such a time as this”.  In my classroom, it reminds me that I was put there “for such a time as this”.    Today, I was reminded in a purple sunrise, that God puts people in our lives “for such a time as this” and that it would be OK!  I needed that this morning. 

Change is never easy.  Shannon told us that she picked someone very special for our meeting.  In fact, Shannon said she was her Weight Watchers BFF.  I will miss Shannon very much.  I am glad we have Facebook to keep up with each other.  I am nervous/anxious/excited to meet our new leader next week. Someone visited our meeting today, just because she thought our new leader was starting today.  That is a positive sign. 

I thank God for Shannon.  I thank God for a purple sunrise!  I thank God for a new leader I have yet to meet. 

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