Because this is the end of my challenge, I don’t know where to start but I know exactly where this post is going (for once). Life coming full circle is so beautiful.
I guess I can start five years ago, about this time of year, walking into Lee’s Summit North High School to meet with my adviser for the first time. That was also the day I met Mindy Haesemeyer for the first time, and I think even in that moment, I knew she would be a big part of my life.
She became my journalism adviser, cheer coach and senate adviser, and through the many changes I experienced in high school, she was there. She was there when I succeeded, and she was there when I messed up (because I did). By senior year, I had four class periods a day with Haese, and when it was all over, I knew her influence had changed my life forever.
Haese was there when I wrote my very first article, and she was there to see my very first round off back handspring on the gym floor at cheer tryouts. She was there when I decided to leave cheerleading behind, and she was there as I grew as a writer. She was there when I found out I was voted president of my class, and she was there when I gave my speech at graduation.
I suppose it’s only fair that she gets to be here as I begin my teaching career; getting an education from the university she also attended. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I can’t wait to be student teaching with her, back at my alma mater, a place that, as Miranda Lambert would say, is the house that built me.
They all said I couldn’t go home again, and I didn’t want to. I wanted to run so far. But the path God has me on leads right back home.
I was where I belonged all along… I just had to leave to see it. Proverbs 3:5-6 says this, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Today is the final day of K-Love’s 30 Day Challenge, and having a coffee date with Haese couldn’t have been more perfect. I look up to her so much, and going over my new plans with her made me feel even more confident in them.
They say that to teach is to touch a life forever, and I can’t wait to be part of the profession that everyone who has inspired me comes from.
As for my walk with God, I think it’s united with the new path I’m choosing to take. I can feel Him, I can see Him and I genuinely love to praise Him.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.