Saturday, December 15, 2018
by Patty Waters
The year – 2014. The decision to be made – Retirement? I hadn’t planned to stay with the company for so long. It just happened. Year after year came and went, and before I knew it 37½ years had passed. That was a big chunk of my life. A lot had happened – my dad died, Gary and I bought farmland, our son was born, my father-in-law and mother-in-law died, I had breast cancer, my mother died and our son graduated college.
Each of these events and many others brought about change. How do we move forward? One day at a time, putting our trust in God. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to, “Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Retirement? I really liked what I was doing. I had the routine down pat. I had a regular paycheck. I was happy and comfortable.
A co-worker once told me, “You’ll just know when it’s time to retire.” And, sure enough, one day I realized I wasn’t enjoying the environment as much. I didn’t feel as connected. I had lost my passion for the work I was doing. Why? Because things had changed – a lot. As changes had taken place over the years, I had tried to adjust as needed, accept the changes and keep going.
By 2014 my inner voice was telling me to make a change. I was scared to retire, however. What if I didn’t like the change? What if I was bored? What if we didn’t have enough money?
Faith and trust. I knew it was time. I had to make the decision, and the only way I could was to trust God. My mantra became, “Trust – just trust and obey for there is no other way.”
And so, I retired in May 2014. I have not been bored. I have plenty to do. I don’t miss “the job”. I have enough of what I need.
I had initially looked at retirement as “the end”. Then it occurred to me that retirement is just a change and a change is also a beginning.
We will all miss Rev. Mike as “our” minister, but as that door closes, God is opening other doors for Rev. Mike and for the FCC family. That is where our focus needs to remain – on God and the doors He is opening and the direction He wants us to go. Trust Him – just trust and obey.
TODAY: Pray for someone you know who is not attending FCC right now.