I'm not even sure I spelled that title right, and I'm a pretty good speller. Something about it doesn't look right. I guess I could look it up, now couldn't I? But then what would I open my blog entry with? LOL
Ever since meeting Rita the other day and realizing we'd been classmates many moons ago, I've been in reminisce mode. Thinking back over my life. Remembering old friends. Going to Classmates.com to see who's registered there. Wes could care less who is where and what they're doing now, but I like to see what people are doing and how they've changed, how their lives have turned out.
One thing that is disheartening is the amount of our classmates whom we know for sure are still in church, any kind of church. I do know that some of them are serving the Lord. One guy is an evangelist; another is a county auditor who is known for his strong conservative stand on issues; one girl is a pastor's wife (as am I!); another teaches school in a public school, and last I heard, she and her husband are still in church. Counting Wes and myself, there are less than 10 people out of our class of 30 who even go to church. I've been quite surprised at the number of divorced classmates, too. I don't know their stories, but it is quite sad that so many of our marriages have not lasted very long.
Another thing I've been thinking about is how my own life has turned out. Where am I compared to where I thought I'd be 25 years ago? I have to say that I am doing exactly what I ultimately wanted to do, and that is being a wife, mother, and homemaker. I had originally planned to become a teacher, and I guess I did that too, being a homeschooler! I never went to college. I graduated high school in 1983, at a time when the teaching was that it was generally God's will for everyone to go to college, marry sometime after college graduation, have a bit of a career, then have one or two children. Very neat. It caused a little bit of a stir when I didn't go to college (I didn't have the money although I was accepted at a large Christian university), and then an even bigger stir when I married at age 19 (among extended family and family friends - not my parents). To be honest, I really had planned to wait till I was 22 or so to marry, and I was going to go to college, but my life took different turns and the Lord led in different directions. As I look back now, I can see His hand on my life. Although I'd still like to go to college, I am satisfied with how my life has turned out and I'm content in the Lord's will. I'd say I'm right about where I thought I'd be at this point!
Someone mentioned in a comment on the post about meeting Rita how God saw those two little red-headed little girls back there, and from his viewpoint He saw us meeting again all these years later on separate continents even! He knows the paths that we take; He orders our steps. My path has taken me a long way from Greenville, SC, but it's a thrill to look back through the years and see God's hand guiding, protecting, nudging . . . He sure has been good to this little red-headed girl!
How has your life turned out? Are you where you thought you'd be at this point in your life?