Tuesday, January 10

Looking Back

A co-worker and I were having a conversation today about different times in our lives, where in the moment we didn't know why we were in a certain situation or why were in that particular job, etc., until the after math. There have been many ups and down in my life, but I know each one was for a reason.  Over time I have come to appreciate the harder times, because that is where I have learned the most or grown closer to who I am supposed to be.  

I had a tender moment happen tonight.  One that most may think is not important, however, for me it gave me hope and a reason to keep pushing forward.  I have been teaching ZUMBA each night after work.  Most nights I am exhausted after having just worked eight hours in a pedo office.  I get home and just as I get settled in, I am back up and at it again.  I have been debating cutting back on my teaching.  

I was rushing to get to the clubhouse tonight, to make it in time for my class.  I made it with one minute to spare.  We danced the night away and just as I was getting ready to leave, I realized I had no car.  Tyson had dropped me off, in order to get me to class on time.  One of the ladies that comes faithfully to my class every week, offered to give me a ride home.  I gladly accepted.

As we were driving home, she told me that it was a gift from God that she was able to give me a ride home, so that she could personally thank me for teaching her.  I was unaware that she has not been in good health with her liver.  She had recently went to the doctor and he asked her what she has been doing as far as physical activity goes.  She informed him that she has been coming to my class twice a week.  He then went on to tell her that her liver situation has improved and that she may no longer need a liver transplant.  She said, It is because of you Janessa.  Thank you!"

I couldn't believe my ears.  This touched me deeply.  I had no idea that my little class would have an effect on someone's life.  I cherished this little moment and am grateful I am able to have an impact on others.

I know there are many reasons unknown on why we do certain things.  I do know that there is always a reason for the uncertainty.  I love reflecting on past moments in my life where I have seen the Lords hand.  I know that he is there for me every step of the way.  

It is a true blessing to be able to be in front of a hundred different people each week.  Teaching has been so rewarding and I am grateful for that gift. I am thankful for the different people who have come in and out of my life who have made me better and stronger person.