Monday, October 27, 2014

A Thought...A Lesson Taught

Just a thought...and a lesson taught from little bundles of energy on Sunday. I'm continually amazed, amused and admit I learn so much from the beautiful kids I get to be in class with each Sunday morning.  True, you never know what's going to come out of one of those little mouths.  True, sometimes you think they're not "listening" and are distracted by  a million little things around them.  I find that even though they may not be looking you in the face and while they may seem a million miles away, most of the time they're "listening their own way."  The proof is in the question time at the end of the story! 
And I wonder...are we like that as adults?  While we're wrapped up in our busy day, going about doing what we think is important and what we think is top priority for our day, are we "listening" for the voice of God?  He speaks in so many different ways, yet are we too busy to notice?  Are we too distracted and totally out of the loop?  Regardless of the distractions throughout my day, I want my heart tuned in to hear what He speaks to me. Yes, there will be times when life is busy and quite noisy and the distractions are overwhelming...yet, let us come to Him as little children.  Listen for Him today...learn the lesson...answer His call.  When "the end of the story" arrives, whatever time of the day or night it might be,  I want to have the right answer.  "Yes, Lord!" Side note: Remember, one day soon the trumpet of the Lord will sound and we sure don't want to miss that!!!  Practice daily...let's keep our ears in tune! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teacher of the Year

I'm sure we can all relate to that "dreaded test" which we've studied for what seems like hours for.  Final exams in high school always seemed like a nightmare to me!  Pouring over the books and notes, being diligent in study; however, still not quite sure if I had it all together.  Remember those answers that were tricky?  Multiple choice questions where there might be more than one correct answer?  What about those questions which required your answer in essay form?  Remember, you studied...but was it enough?  The teacher sits quietly at the desk absorbed in her pile of papers, red pen making marks like a blazing sword...and you have a question.  Trying to ignore the dull aching sensation in the pit of your stomach, you decide there's no sense in raising your hand, she doesn't answer or help at test time.  She was available during study hall and tutor sessions, but NOT at test time.  I have some good news and bad news.  Bad news first: there are tests in life which we have to pass even after our school years have come and gone.  You know, the school of life.  Good news: we can get help from the teacher during test time!  We don't have to do it alone.
That's the beautiful thing about serving such an awesome God.  He does give us tests, but He longs to see us pass.  He sees what we can be when we graduate and He has great plans for us.  Therefore, He doesn't sit at His desk ignoring and leaving us to figure it out on our own.  He's always available and willing to help.  He's committed to bringing out the best in us and He'll give the test over and over until we pass it.  He may be quiet during some tests, but He's always available, His attention is always directed toward us, and He'll walk us through every question if He needs to.  Who wouldn't want a teacher like that?  And with a teacher like that, who would be afraid of their report card?!  Don't be discouraged if you don't pass the first time around.  Get back up and try again.  He's patient! Kind! Long-suffering!  And He loves you!!!  Can somebody say, "Teacher of the year?"  I'd say He's the Teacher of the Ages!