I have not written a blog post for most of the summer because in the spring I went back to school. As you can imagine this has been both exciting and challenging. The last time I attended university was 35 years ago when I finished my Masters in Counselling Psychology.
To return to school was not an easy or simple decision. I wrestled with the idea for a long time. When the idea first crossed my mind a few years ago I kept pushing it to the side. I had so many excuses. I was too old. I had other plans for this time of my life. My children were in university. It would be another major financial expenditure. And while I love to learn I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about writing papers and completing the assignments.
At first I just tried to ignore the idea whenever it cropped up. Then I tried to negotiate. I considered how I might take courses but avoid the grind of writing the papers. I strategized. I thought about auditing courses because then I could still learn but could avoid the written assignments. I even entertained taking some courses on-line which would allow me to study at home and at move at my own pace.
I wasn’t afraid of the idea, so much as questioning it. I could not keep from wondering why I would take on something like this when I had just turned 60 years old.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways to submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
At first it was a bit daunting to return to the university classroom after such a long time. I found I was a bit rusty and things in the classroom have certainly changed due to technology. But I am absolutely thrilled to be back in the classroom as a student.
I have no idea where this will all lead. I know it doesn’t make complete sense. But I have become convicted that I must be obedient to the call, to step out in faith, and to start taking courses. And now I have taken the first step, I am trusting that the next steps will be revealed over time.