Two weeks into a new school year… Are you feeling the burn, dear teachers? I know I am. Planning began July 31 for our district. Psychologically, that’s a hard date to swallow 😮 as August 1 sounds more palatable to this teacher. Nonetheless, we are more than conquerors according to God’s word!
Speaking of conquerors, I had the opportunity to see the new Wonder Woman movie this summer with my cousin Deb. I couldn’t help but witness the parallels the movie presented between the character of Wonder Woman and today’s Christian teacher. It actually shouted a volume of correlations into my ears. Here’s a quick synopsis from Google…
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Here’s my take on this summary:
Before becoming a Wonder Teacher, insert your name here, child of the King, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised in ___________, __________ meets the Pilot of her soul who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in school classrooms across the globe. Convinced that she can stop the threat, _____________ leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside fellow Christian teachers in a war to end all wars, __________ finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
How about that? Powerful, isn’t it? This is not hyperbole in the spiritual realm whatsoever. The hearts and minds of our students today are influenced by a myriad of evil forces. We counteract these forces day in and day out in our classrooms whether we realize it or not. Think of Minecraft VR. That’s us. Spiritual warfare, however, is not a virtual reality. It is reality. Amen and amen.
For this reason, character studies intrigue me, whether fictional or not. A lot can be gleaned from biblical characters specifically. I think a good bit of the time, as we read about them, we don’t take the time to process exactly what God would have us take away from these narratives. It would behoove us to learn from them, inspiring us onward or cautioning us from failure, destruction, or anything in between.
Over the next six weeks, I am examining six Bible characters that coincide with the acronym WONDER as a mnemonic device to facilitate remembrance of this study. Biblestudytools.com defines wonder as the following:
The verb “wonder” occurs only a few times in the Old Testament; “wonder” as noun is much more frequent, and is chiefly the translation of the word mopheth, a splendid or conspicuous work, a “miracle” (Exodus 4:21; 11:9, etc.), often conjoined with ‘othoth, “signs” (Exodus 7:3; Deuteronomy 6:22; 13:1,2; 34:11; Nehemiah 9:10, etc.). Other frequent words are pala’, pele’, a “marvel,” “miracle” (Exodus 3:20; 15:11; Joshua 3:5; Isaiah 9:6, margin “wonderful counselor,” etc.). In the New Testament the ordinary verb is thaumazo, and the most frequent noun is teras, a “marvel,” “portent,” answering in its meaning to Hebrew pala’. As in the Old Testament the “wonder” is chiefly a miraculous work, so in the Gospels the feeling of wonder is chiefly drawn out by the marvelous displays of Christ’s power and wisdom (Matthew 15:31; Mark 6:51; Luke 4:22, etc.).
God’s word is full of wonder and wonders! Isn’t it exciting then to be reminded of John 14:12?…
As we begin our six week study, please pray about how God can and will make you a WONDER Teacher, not to glorify yourself, but so students may be the beneficiaries of your exploits on behalf of the kingdom. We will begin with the letter W and the Woman at the Well. I hope you will join me next week, dear teachers. I am looking forward to it! God bless you in your classrooms this week, stay devoted, and let’s become WONDER Teachers together!!
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