As promised, in this new year, I want to update you on what has been happening in my life in this last year. Fair warning, a lot has happened this past year and so this is a fairly long post…..
The start of the year was lovely. The MasterWorks Festival exhibited at quite a few conferences and as the Publicity Coordinator, I got to travel around the US (including a drive to Texas) and meet lots of people who are excited about the mission of MasterWorks. And then I got to re-meet quite a few of them during the Festival.
Probably the first stumble in the year was making the hard decision of whether or not to accept the offer of being the Stage Manager for the Theatre Program this summer. It took a lot of prayer and many thoughtful discussions, but I felt God leading me to accept the position, so I did. After such a smooth first few months of things flowing right into each other, this one was the first time that I paused.
Then the summer began and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest as well as the best summer I’ve had at the MasterWorks Festival. The short story is that being a part of the tech team this summer was hard, incredibly hard! Not that it was all bad! I loved being the Stage Manager. I really enjoyed working with a whole different group of people than I usually do. And I love all the students that came through. They really made being the Stage Manager a joy. But it was rough, and I don’t know when I’ve felt that emotionally and physically exhausted. During the first week of the Festival, before the Theatre Program started, I was able to be a part of the Film Acting Program and I had the best time starting to learn the art of acting on film as well as learning behind the scenes techniques. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of that group. To top it off, the film we made during that first week was selected by the Christian WorldView Film Festival to be the short film that the Film Composer applicants will compose to!
I can’t tell you how completely exhausted and just plain weary I was after the six weeks on the tech team. There are no words to describe the level of rest I needed. I was excited for my vacation and going home for three weeks! Just before I left, I found out that MasterWorks Festival had to move locations before next summer and we had to find a new office location this Fall. Talk about throwing things off! We didn’t know where we could go. There were a lot of unknowns as I went off for my vacation with my family. I enjoyed my time with them, as always, and was excited to get back to work.
It took longer than expected, but God led us to a great new campus, Cedarville University in Ohio! I mentioned before that we are excited for this new change and can’t wait to see all that God will do in this new location!
Also, a local business man offered us a new office to use until the Festival this summer which was a huge blessing to not have to worry about where we were moving our office.
But it did mean that my job got a little tougher, a little more…intense as I made a couple of drives out to Cedarville to get pictures and information for our students to show them the beautiful new facilities that God had brought for us to use! And also as we began the process of moving our office.
Life was just finding a new normal amidst all the chaos, when, 5 weeks ago, we found out we were being asked to move out of our house. Fortunately, Grace College (the campus where we have been for the last 10 years) provided us with new housing in pretty much the same location which was a huge blessing. But because Christmas break was coming soon, we had three weeks to clean the new house, pack up the old house, pack up the old office, and move.
Again, it was a crazy time. Half the time I didn’t know if I was upright or upside down. “Do the next thing” became more than a lovely quote….it was a necessity for survival!
But then, everything was moved and I got to leave to see my family! This last week and a half I’ve had with them have been so wonderfully healing and restful. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect on what this past year has handed to me.
And, while I’d never want to relive it, I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’ve learned for anything in the world.
- It’s during the hardest times that God’s presence is the most real.
- When God is the center of your friendships, they can survive anything with work and patience.
- God’s greatest gifts come at all times, even in the midst of a storm.
- Whether or not we “feel” it, God has us in the palm of His hand.
- Even when we don’t know what the next thing is, God does. And He will reveal it in His perfect timing.
And now, a New Year dawns with
many more exciting things in store….
And I can’t wait to see what they are!!!!!!!