Several weeks ago, quite unexpectedly, I was presented with a request to resign from my duties at Sacred Heart of Jesus. I had no warning. I wasn't prepared. In fact, I was very hurt.
But, as my friend Wendi is fond of saying, "God's plan is perfect, even if we don't understand it."
And I think she's right. In fact, I reworked that little bit of wisdom, and this his how I put it to my Facebook friends:
We are often given these opportunities to reflect on things from our past, be it distant or recent, and put them in perspective. I determined that God's love is proven by the fact that often the bullets we dodge are in reality mortar rounds. When God whispers, "Duck", it's never a bad option to listen and do as He says.God's plan for us, from the economy of salvation to our life in this world, is always perfect, even if we are unable to always apprehend it.We never know what twists and turns in the road may appear. The quality of a man's character is not proved in how he behaves when he's in control, but rather when he's not in control. It is never a bad choice to take the highest moral and professional position in troubled situations, and to do so will speak louder than any words.I have had a setback in my professional life, but I must believe that it has its purpose, be it to teach me something about myself and others, or to provide an opportunity to teach others by example.
So, I'm moving on.
I spent a wonderful week with fellow travelers on the journey toward Beauty, Truth and Goodness in sacred music in Indianapolis. I sang countertenor under the estimable Horst Buckholtz, which is an experience I'm not likely to forget. I shared adult beverages and collegial conversations with one of each and some you never thought of from the world of sacred musicians.
I have every confidence that I'll land on my feet. After all, God's plan is perfect. That's what Wendi tells me.
And she'd never lie.
As Red Green likes to say, "Remember, we're all in this together."