I’m sure many of you played the game “Guess Who?” as a child, with a child, or just for fun yesterday. Let’s play a version of this game. My family and I have attended Newberg Friends Church since I was 12. I have a younger brother named Chris. I ring with the NFC handbell choir. I have played the piano and organ for prelude and offertory. As a youth, I was very involved in youth group, Sunday school, volleyball, and Bible Quizzing. Who am I? Nice work! My name is Anna Lee.
You may have seen my involvement with Sunday morning worship leadership and have found it odd that I was M.I.A. for four years and then magically reappeared. Well, I graduated in 2009 from Veritas School and went off to Seattle Pacific University to study chemistry and psychology. I have since returned home to Newberg and am now completing my Masters of Arts in Teaching at George Fox University.
As the Lent season comes to an end and we have the privilege to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I have been reflecting on what I decided to “give up” for Lent. This season I gave up fear and uncertainty of my future. I realize this sounds a little crazy and near impossible, and it has been quite the journey. Those acquainted with me know I am quite the planner! From an early age I have known I wanted to be a teacher. And now that I am in pursuit of my Masters in Teaching, I have almost reached my dream. The LORD has been very faithful every step of this journey. He has provided me with multiple opportunities to teach and also given me a passion for working with adolescents. So as a planner, I have wondered constantly for the past year where I will end up teaching. Will I stay in Oregon? Will I move to Idaho? Will I teach abroad? This string of questions has run through my head, overtaking my life. When I asked the LORD what I should focus on for this Lent season, he responded: “Give up fear and uncertainty.” And of course, when the LORD speaks, I obey. Or at least try to.
I will be honest with my church family. This Lent season has been a struggle. Whenever I question the future, I give it to the LORD. And let me tell you, this has been a cycle. As I reflect back on this period of time, I am not fearful of what is to come. I am a little uncertain and still very unclear of where the LORD will take me in the fall. But the fear that was overtaking my life has transformed into excitement. I look forward to having my own classroom. I look forward to teaching science and/or math to teenagers. I look forward to my new community. From all of this, I firmly believe that the LORD has great plans for me, and I wait in great anticipation.