I'm going to be throwing out some LDS lingo in this post. If I don't make sense, call me on it:)
A couple weeks ago, I received a call to work in one of the Nurseries in our ward. Let me tell you, I was shocked. I thought it was an unspoken rule that you never called elementary school teachers to the Primary and you never called stay at home moms to the Nursery. Wrong-o!
It was very hard for me to accept this new calling happily. Not only would I be doing at church exactly what I do at home all week long and with far more children, but I wouldn't be in Sunday School and Relief Society "filling my well," learning more about the gospel, or meeting people in the ward and fulfilling the need to make friends with people in the neighborhood.
After a week or so, I was able to come to terms with all this. I need to step up my personal study at home so I'm still learning and filling my well. It's only two hours a week. I care for children most hours of every day; what's two more hours a week? Drop in the bucket. Al and Goose will put much less stress on their bodies since they won't be screaming because I'm not in there with them. It will be a much more peaceful place for them. I've met some very nice women who also work in the Nursery. I talked with the Relief Society President about my concerns. I've got a visiting teaching assignment now, which also means that somewhere out there I have visiting teachers of my own. It also turns out, I was part of a wave of callings to Nursery. Now there are enough women in Nursery to allow one of to go to RS every week! It's really okay.
Imagine then, what my mind did when I was asked to meet with the Bishop yesterday. But...but...but...I just got used to this calling! They're not going to release me are they? Was I too ungrateful, so God's going to put me somewhere else? What about my boys; they'll freak out!?"
Turns out, though, that I wasn't released. I was given another calling. First time in my life I've ever had three callings at once. I'm now a visiting teacher, a nursery worker, and an Enrichment committee member. And you know what? I'm excited about it. I can see that this is an answer to prayer and a testimony builder to me that my Bishopric and Relief Society presidency are following the spirit.
I can now take an active part in Relief Society and meet many of the needs I thought I would have while working in the Nursery. And for having three callings, I think I have it pretty easy as far as time commitments go.
It's wonderful to know that however insignificant I am and feel, my Heavenly Father is aware of me and continues to show his love.