I wrote this before seeing that today’s FiveMinuteFriday word was listen. It did only take me 5 minutes to write (including the time to run upstairs to the reading corner to grab the book) and it fits perfectly: she let me listen to God and follow His leading…
I found out via Facebook that one of my mentors has died suddenly. Dr. Cindy Fitch was my pre-med advisor at SPU and professor of two of my courses (Genetics and Issues and Values in Biology). My prayers go out to her family and I know I am not the only one who is grieving the loss of this influential and inspiring woman.
I wrote this on her Facebook wall, along with so many of the other shocked and saddened folks who will miss her:
When I told you midway through my [first] senior year I was going to stay a 5th year to become a high school science teacher rather than go to medical school (after already taking my MCAT), you laughed. Out loud. You proceeded to tell me you knew 2 years prior (in Genetics) but wanted me to come to the conclusion on my own. You then started listing all the examples/reasons why you knew back then that I should be a teacher. You always encouraged me in my pre-med studies even though you knew better. Thank you for letting me take the journey on my own and then support me once I figured out what God truly intended for my life. In a very big way, you mentored, empowered, and set an example for me. You will be deeply missed.
When I graduated from SPU, she gave me one of those Hallmark coffee table books titled Teachers Touch Lives. On the inside she wrote,
Your wonderful decision to become a teacher has inspired me along with so many others. You have listened to God’s call for your life and are following Him. While this obedience will not pave the way smooth, it will give God the chance to use you as His instrument in shaping young lives. May God richly bless your choice, your vocation, and your life.
-Dr. Cindy Fitch
I am forever grateful to Dr. Fitch (I can’t not call her that even though she asked me not too once I graduated 😉 ). She let me follow God’s lead without forcing me into it and then encouraging me once I heeded His call. I can’t even begin to explain how her words came to fruition: the way has not been smooth but He has used me even in my first 5 years of teaching. God has already richly blessed me.
Thank you for setting an example of how to use our God-given talents to His glory.
You will be incredibly missed.
Here is an announcement by SPU Provost Jeff Van Duzer.