The pain in my throat made it very difficult to swallow as I tried my hardest not to cry. We were on our way home and the ambiance in the car was cheerful and lighthearted to everyone but me. We had a lot of fun things going on during the weekend, and it was Friday, which meant that the mood was relaxed. I knew it was going to happen. The dam could only hold so much against the pressure that was coming at it, and I put on my sunglasses to mask the eruption that was about to happen. Had we been outside it wouldn’t have mattered. The rain coming down could have camouflaged the tears that were now streaming down my face.
How could it be? Another failure. Another check on my long list of insecurities and inadequacies. I knew that I would be great at this new position because it involved something I cared so passionately about. Was I wrong? That was the question that circled around in my head after the call that left me wondering, what is wrong with me. Why am I not good enough? When am I ever going to catch a break?
The harsh rain only added to my frustration, as the traffic now became worse. All I wanted to do was get home, cover myself with a blanket and hide. Another wave of tears made its way to the corners of my eyes, but were stopped before the downpour. I felt a warm, gentle touch on my arm. I looked over at my son who was watching me with a concerned look on his face. I hadn’t realized that the sunglasses could only hide so much of my disappointment, and he was witnessing something other than the strong momma I liked to portray in front of them.
“Mom, are you okay?” he said genuinely worried.
“Yes, I am fine,” I said in a convincing voice.
He kept looking at me, and then said, “Mom, God has a plan for everything. It’s going to be okay.”
My little man had no clue about what was going on. He only saw that his mom was upset about something, and used the words I have used so many times with him.
Sometimes things don’t always work out. I know this. I’m a teacher and a mother. Unpredictability is kind of part of the job description for both. But I had taken the “failure” and turned it into an attack against myself. I saw it as a problem, and made a list of things that were wrong with me, instead of trusting that God has a plan, like I had prayed just that very morning. Life isn’t always going to give us what we want, and it’s essential to me that my kids know how important it is to keep moving forward after a setback. Hearing those words come out of my son’s mouth made me feel like not quite so much a failure, and even though the sun didn’t shine much the rest of the weekend, it didn’t rain on us at all.