Today, this farm wife, former news-hound and chief tucker-inner of two girls added a new title to her resume: Adjunct Professor.
In typical God fashion, this wasn’t my idea. If I believed in coincidences, I’d call it one. But I don’t, so I won’t.
I do, however, believe in “God-incidences.” This is one of those.
Let me tell you how it went down:
A few months back, I joined High Calling Blogs, a great network that connects people in the “high calling” of their work and daily lives. In joining HCB, members are encouraged to read other blogs in the network and comment as often as they can.
So that’s what I did. I started down the list of bloggers and found several favorites, including Stuff in the Basement.
I read his blog several times before commenting. Then, on Nov. 6, I noticed that this exceptional writer lived a mere 33 miles from my front door. (A photo on the lefthand rail of the blog indicated that the author, Jim Schaap, was a professor at Dordt College.)
In the whole realm of the World Wide Web, this was a huge God-incidence. I mean, hello, there aren’t that many people in northwest Iowa. We live in a part of the world where pigs outnumber people by a wide margin.
So that day, I commented on one of Jim’s posts, signing off as “a Lyon County reader.”
A few days later, I received a phone call from a Dordt College dean. (Jim had done some snooping around of his own — fancy that — and discovered that I was a journalist and a committed follower of Christ. Being a Christian is sort of a big deal at Dordt, seeing how it’s a Christian college and all.)
A few weeks later, a contract was signed. And today, I started work as a part-time instructor of Comm 242, an advanced journalism class.
This is my new high calling.
Now, to be clear, I already have the highest calling on Earth: Mom. But this is another high calling, neither replacing nor minimizing my highest calling.
Part of the reason I’m telling you all of this is because we’ve been talking a bit over at High Calling Blogs about the importance of community, and making sure that readers feel connected there. It’s more than a place that links one blog to another. It’s a place where we’re engaged in the lives of others.
I’ve been a part of HCB for only three months, and in that time, I’ve been blessed in ways I would not have expected from an online community. I have received personal emails from people who have been praying for my family. I have cyber-laughed with new friends. I have been challenged to think in new ways.
And today, I came face-to-face with part of that High Calling Blogs community. I shook hands with my new colleague: Mr. Stuff in the Basement, Jim Schaap.
Now is that story a “God-incidence” or what?
Tell me: If you’re a High Calling Blog member, how have you been blessed through your participation?
If you’re not a member, what are you waiting for? Click here and join the party. (P.S. It’s free!)