Often when we have a goal in mind we try to take the straightest possible route to that goal. However often, the straight route isn’t always the fastest or best route. The example given to me this morning was of a sail boat tacking. Since I haven’t done much sailing in my life, I can relate to it more in terms of hiking and climbing mountains. When trails are built and there is a high grade of elevation gain to overcome, they are often built with switchbacks. While in terms of distance, the trail becomes longer, it is actually easier on our bodies and often faster then trying to head straight up the side of a mountain. (Actually come to think of it the principles are the same in sailing at trail building)
At my discernment meeting this morning, the group decided to bring itself to an end. As a group (me included) it was discerned that now is not the time for me to pursue the priesthood. It wasn’t a no, but a not yet. I’m incrediably thankful for the members of my discernment group and all of the support they gave me throughout this part of the process.
So what does this all mean for me now? Honestly, I have no clue. For the immediate future, I am working up at OHSU as a Performance Analyst (at least that is what they are going to call the official position once they post it). It’s actually a pretty cool job as office jobs go. When they post the permanant position it’ll be only 0.6FTE, however that might not be a bad thing as it would give me the opportunity to explore other things.
What I need to remember now is: (1) Look for the positive things in the developments of the last week. (2) Learn from all the events that have affected my life in the last six months. (3) Pray and the Pray again. (4) Be thankful for the wonderful friends I have.