It’s getting closer. Retirement, that is. There was a time when I thought it was a lifetime away. Now, that lifetime is nearing the final stages and in about 5 months I will leave to go to work one more day. I’ll greet my co-workers with a “Good morning” one last time, and before the day is done, I’ll say “Goodbye” to each one, but there will be no more, “See you tomorrow!” I will be leaving and I won’t be back on schedule like usual. This time it will be for good. Yes, this is the end. Or, is it?
As I contemplate the next and final chapter of my life, I find I want to do something more than just sit home and cook and clean and take naps. I’m thinking I can still be of use…somewhere. So I think about volunteering in different areas. I want to do something that makes a difference, no matter how little. I’ve discovered that sometimes it’s the little things that really matter most. So my mind sometimes goes on and on about the possibilities that may be available to me. I get excited about doing something I enjoy on a schedule I can more or less set for myself. I presently get up at 2 a.m. to begin my workday, but soon, I will rediscover the bliss of a full nights sleep; at least I’m hoping. I am looking forward to leisure, yet I don’t want to be lazy and my life uneventful. I want to enjoy the things I haven’t been able to as much as I’d like, these last 20 years. I’d like to enjoy family, friends, and giving back to the community. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes, visiting kids and grandkids that don’t live close, going out for coffee (or ice cream) with hubby, taking some summer evening walks, volunteering somewhere and especially writing a bit more. I’m not sure what it is about writing. I’ve written poems since I was five or six. In high school I wrote short stories that were personal, which only I read. And as I went through the ups and downs of life, I wrote more poetry. I have a box full of it! I guess it was a release for me, something I needed and loved to do. I’m sure some think I’m not very good at it, but I’m not really trying to do it correctly as much as I am honestly, from the heart. I am hoping that maybe I can connect with someone else and encourage or lift them up. And sometimes, it’s a good feeling just to know someone else understands and cares. I don’t have a lot of answers, and there’s so much I will never know, but right now I just want to share a bit of my life and maybe, just maybe, God can use some of it for His glory and for His purposes.
I also want to wish you all a Blessed Easter. I hope you will embrace ‘The Lamb’ more than the bunny, and when you say your prayers, (myself included) remember to thank Jesus Christ for what He willingly did on our behalf. He took upon Himself, our sin, on the cross, that through His death and resurrection, we can be made righteous. We just need to believe He is the Son of God, as we repent of our sin and accept His forgiveness. You see, if you do that, then it’s never ‘over’ for you. Even when your retirement comes, it is not over. God has more planned. When you die, it is still not over. There is eternal life with our Heavenly Father, and that will go on forever!
So, Lord willing, I will retire, and I will trust Him to take me through the next chapter of my life, because whether it be down here or up yonder, my life will go on. May He guide my every step, and may He guide yours as well. We all have a story, “Lord, please lead each one of us, as we walk with You daily. May we continue to live for You, full filling your purposes, and knowing we are loved, every step of the way.”