I’ve always liked those two little words at the end of a book. They really add closure, don’t you think?
Today marked the end of a season in the Peek family. Three and a half years ago we trekked across the American landscape to relocate to Louisville. Two months after we hit the Ville, I landed a job at Bellarmine University as an admission counselor, and in May 2008, Chris became a student in the Master’s in Teaching program. On Wednesday, Chris graduated as a Master in Teaching and today I signed out of my Bellarmine account for the last time.
It’s almost funny to think how closely our experiences in Louisville are linked to Bellarmine. I’m looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us, and I expect that it will be oh-so-different than anything we’ve known yet. Maybe I’ll be that wife who goes to visit her husband at his school, bringing treats for the class and lunch for a starving teacher. Or maybe we’ll really be able to serve our church in ways we haven’t had time to. Maybe we’ll be so busy settling into new routines and preparing for the next season of our lives that Bellarmine won’t be as missed as I expect it to be tonight.
The best part about seeing “The End” in real life is that it isn’t really true until we’re called home. The end of one season opens into another, and all of them are ordered by a gracious and all-powerful God who does all things well. When Chris and I got married four years ago, I gave him a little globe sitting atop a stand that read, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. We’ve seen our plans change many times in those four years, and are so glad that the plans of the Lord do not falter.