Have I ever told you I used to be a Massage Therapist?
I got my training while living in Dallas and it was one of those things that I did on whim.
I remember touring the school during my lunch break. At the time I was a personal banker at Wells Fargo. But I was in definite need of a change. Working as a banker wasn’t completely my thing and I needed a break from the sales routines and uber serious lifestyle. So, that lunch break I signed a contract to attend school at a Massage Therapy institute called, American Institute of Allied Health. (I don’t even think they are there anymore, but nonetheless, that’s what it was called).
I’d never had a massage before.
How fun I thought…I’d seen a lot of things about massage on television and it seemed like something that would definitely help people—which is all I had wanted to do and after working in sales and advertising it was a definite health and balance driven vocation instead of something dealing with a rat race or money.
God blessed me with this new occupation in that case and I grew in my practice to end up opening my own mobile spa once I moved back home to Pennsylvania. What I used to like most about it was how I could “read” people based on where their tension was. I worked on many different types of people, but one group of people in particular were nurses. They always seemed to have held the most tension. A lot of people didn’t even seem to know how to relax let alone enjoy massage therapy benefits which I always thought was such a shame. It really says a lot about our fast paced and somewhat rough world.
I don’t change careers overnight anymore (well, until I became a mom), and God was definitely with me through the earlier parts of my life when I was so spontaneous. He watched over and protected me and for that I am forever grateful.
Do you ever make changes in your life spontaneously?
Nowadays, I follow my charted course and have learned to listen and watch for Him first. Life then takes its own path in much easier, less rocky ways. With God, life is much harder in many instances too, but in the long run God is good and is always faithful. We are so blessed to have such a great Father and one who continues to guide us and forgive us. Tensions or not, we learn through faith to follow His lead and over time learn to relax in different ways when we put our trust in Him.
I pray you have a good day today. We are going to get our haircuts so today instead of looking at it like it’s something to be checked off of a list, I’m going to try and enjoy it. I’ll pretend I’m being pampered and of course I’m always grateful for the quality time spent with my son. And Amen to that!
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you, that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He may give it to you. John 15:16