Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you.
One of the biggest transitions to my new job is that I’m working from our home. Alone. In the basement. Just me and a big fish.
Certainly there are advantages. If there are office politics, I’ve created them. I can throw on a t-shirt and pair of shorts and no one complains to HR about the dress code. Not much traffic and no one has flipped me off on my commute down the basement steps. It has allowed me more time to exercise and go for walks or bike rides. Saving a lot of money on not eating out for lunch. The fish rarely drops by my office unexpectedly to visit when I’m busy.
But I do miss having people around. I spend time contacting people by phone and email. My job requires travel to interact with committees and other church staff. I am connected to local groups and I make my wife talk to me. But it is different.
Each week it feels better. I’m trying not to be anxious because I like what I’m doing and in a world that I, for the most part, understand. I feel like connections are helping me and strengthening my ability to do my job.
So just check in every once in a while and make sure I’m not storing cans of food, that I’m taking a shower, and not incoherently mumbling to myself. If the fish answers, send help.