I used to be a school administrator. A demanding job to say the least, but widowhood left me as a single parent to two young children and after a year as a single parent administrator I realized it was time to move on to a new job choice that allowed me more time to be a parent. In August I transitioned back into the classroom after six years at the same school. Six years that made me the longest standing administrator in the history of the school. Six years of long hours, phone calls at all hours, building relationships, responding to crises, checking in on teachers and students alike. But even though I committed so much I was still replaceable. A new administrator stepped in and school went on. Sure a few folks miss me but the world didn’t stop spinning. It was official: I was replaceable. Yes I still hear from a couple teachers but for the most part everyone moved on and I was left missing a piece of myself. I had dedicated so much time and energy into a job that in the end was just a job. I’m sure I made a difference with someone, but that is just a memory. The feeling of being replaceable is well, sad. It makes you wonder why you put so much in; why you sacrificed so much. Would I change it? No. Does it hurt now? A little. Is it just reality? Absolutely.
But here’s the other reality: YOU ARE NOT REPLACEABLE TO GOD. How does that feel? For me, it feels pretty darn good. To everyone else except maybe my family and dearest friends I am replaceable, but not to God. We are reassured of this in multiple places in the bible . . .
Matthew 10:29-131 “What is the price of two sparrows – one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Jeremiah 1:4-5 “The Lord game me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Psalm 139:16 “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
Wow. Just wow. God planned. He knows us. We are NOT replaceable to him. He is invested in us and with us every moment. Who else in your life can you say this about? No one. Not even a parent can be there for every single moment big and small. But God is. In times of transition, when we become replaceable on this mortal earth, have faith for to God you are a unique, irreplaceable work of art.