Monday, September 20, 2010
Today was the first day of school for me. I teach social studies at a high school completion program. It was difficult. The students had various substitutes for the past two weeks. They wanted to know if I was a "real" teacher. I assured them that I was more than qualified to teach them. After that the clowns of the class started to let me know what they were all about. It was tough but I know that the Lord put me there. They asked me if I was going to leave. I replied,"I'll be here longer than you will." As I reflected on the day, I was reminded of Caleb's response to Joshua when he was asked what he wanted for his inheritance. Joshua 14:10-12 reads:
10"Now behold, the LORD has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.
11"I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.
12"Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken."(NASB)
I know the Lord is with me as long as I follow Him and allow His light to shine through me. This is my blessing as well as my challenge. Pray for my students that they will be successful. I will pray for you that the Lord will give you strength to deal with the challenges that sometimes accompany our blessings.