Longer Days + Warmer Temperatures + Buds Blooming = Spring Fever + Students Like Worms In Hot Ashes!
Last Thursday, I kept noticing an uptick in the energy level of my classes – more than than the usual that takes place during a normal day, that is. I kept asking myself, Is there something wrong with me? and, Is there more to it than just me? By the end of an exhausting day of students bouncing off the wall, I had not only diagnosed the fever, but realized it had spread like an epidemic within the day leaving all in its wake, including me, needing bed rest ASAP!
Lord knows, if it’s happening to me then it’s probably happening to you too, dear Christian teacher, or at least you’ve detected it. Oh the joy! Oh the fun! (Insert sarcasm if that’s allowed on a Christian blog! lol) The question now becomes, How do we survive it? Because as you well know, it will last until the end of the school year. Yikes!
Now’s the time to amp up our prayer life, asking God to help us through each day and for patience and wisdom along the way, praying at the beginning of each of our classes. If you don’t change classes because of the age of your students, then pray at least once every hour. Here are some verses we can pray and recite aloud replacing the word you with me, us, or even our namein some cases:
Prayers of peace for us and our students – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Prayers when certain classes or students are truly exasperating (and sometimes they can get that way, amen?!) -Psalm 50:15 – and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
Prayers for patience – Proverbs 4:29 – Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Prayers for wisdom – James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 3:17 – But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Sometimes a good nap will leave us temporarily rested and refreshed, but God’s word, through prayer and meditation, gives us so much more. It is the perfect medication for all that ails us, even teachers dealing with an outbreak of spring fever. After all, He is the Great Physician!
God bless you, stay devoted, and hangeth thou in there! This too shall pass… summer is right around the corner. 🙂