Yes or Yes


Four days ago, I got a call from my former principal, asking me if I would consider a teaching job in a different grade level than when I taught for him this past year. The reason I say “former principal” is because I had resigned to be a stay at home mom.

I have long felt the desire to be at home, for my husband, my children, and the books I felt called to write. This past Spring, my husband and I came into agreement that it was time and I turned in my resignation.

I spent the summer with my family, elated at my time with them, attending all of their events and even reveling in the thought of writing my books. I even joined the PTO as a P, not a T. I was so excited for my coming season.

When I got the call, I immediately began to pray and think and pray some more. The last thing I ever wanted to do was disobey God. If God had called me home, how could He call me back to school? I texted a few close friends and asked them to pray for abundant clarity. I even called one who prayed for me while we spoke. When I hung up with her, I saw I had a notification on my phone from my Bible app. It was the verse of the day.

​”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

wherever“. That word flew off the screen and right at me, and brought me to my knees, the word that answered my feverish prayer. “wherever“. Right there in that moment I was back in my in-laws living room. I remember sitting on their love seat and my father in law pouring out wisdom. He said, “Sometimes the answer isn’t yes or no. Sometimes the answer is yes or yes.”  What he meant was that sometimes God is ok with both options, not needing a choice of one way over the other.

“…for the Lord your God is with you wherever  you go.” “Wherever.” Sometimes the answer is “yes or yes”. So, I said yes to my principal and yes to still being a great, involved mom and wife. I said yes to new boundaries around priorities. This year I will teach a new grade, and new year, knowing that the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go.

May God be with you wherever you go.