How would you describe your teaching career thus far? Here’s mine in a nutshell…
Good with a few rough spots
Good with a few rough spots
So far so good…
As you can see, the scales are favoring the good years over the bad years at this point. Praise the Lord! Years 5, 6, 7, and 8 nearly finished me off as a teacher though.
Especially year 8. At the end of that year, I had purposed in my heart to the Lord I was done. I was out of there. Clearly, teaching was not what He wanted me to do. I had heard wrong. Four back to back years of awfulness was all I could take, and after all, perhaps it was a sign from Him that it wasn’t His will for me to teach… or so I thought.
Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! I can’t even come up with enough adjectives to describe the abyss I was in. I wanted so desperately to teach and be a good teacher. Having cried out to the Lord COUNTLESS times during those 4 years, NOTHING was happening…it was over…BUT THEN…!!!
Due to some faculty changes, I was the beneficiary of my current position. It was a complete 180 degree turn at jet engine speed no less!
You see, even though I had prayed and prayed and things had only gotten worse, God knew when I was at the end of my pitiful rope, things had to change RIGHT THEN. He knew I couldn’t take anymore. He knew my heart. He knows your heart too. If you are in between a rock and a hard place, believe me when I say, the ROCK is between the hard place and you!
Take a look at this picture! Of all things, there is a sheep standing on a rock between a hard place. Ha! Remember, over and over again in God’s word, we are referred to as sheep, and the Lord is our Shepherd, our Rock, and Fortress. The sheep is safe as long as it stays where it is. On The Rock.
Stand on the Rock, dear teachers!
If you’re experiencing some turbulent times as a teacher, trust God. Cry out to Him. He is listening. Your prayers are not falling on deaf ears. He is between you and that difficult circumstance. He will come through. Every. Time.
One final thought. In the big scheme of things, I firmly believe the enemy wants to take Christian teachers out of the classrooms of all our nations’ schools. Amen? What a victory for him that would be. He about took me out! Please don’t let him do that to you.
Therefore, remember we are in our classrooms everyday Representing Our Coming King! He is sufficient to help us press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 He will see our calling through to completion if we stand on Him and His word. Philippians 1:6 And we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us! Philippians 4:13
I admonish you today and everyday to stand on the ROCK, my fellow Christian teachers, and ROCK on!