What teaching taught me about God

It’s interesting what you can learn when you look for God in everything. I am currently training to be a teacher and I can confidently say that teachers need to be taught just as much as the students that they teach. I am learning new things all the time.

Any educator will tell you that no day is the same. There are good days and there are bad days. There was a day when I was teaching and it felt like in the same breath I had told off a group of 30 children, consoled a crying child and then praised them all within about 7 minutes. It’s not an unusual thing to happen but I learnt something that day.

No matter where I am positioned, I am still the authority figure in that room.

Most of the time I am at the front of the classroom because that’s where the board is. However, if I decide to stand at the back of the room because I’m reading or one of the children is presenting something, that doesn’t make me any less the teacher. Occasionally (though more often than I’d like) a child will be upset and I’ll have to crouch down to speak to them slowly and softly. Even then, the fact that I’m not towering above that child does not make me any less the teacher.

No matter how near or far we think God is, He is still in control. Sometimes He’s the teacher standing at the front of the room, towering over you as you try and get through the task we call life. Other times He’s the teacher that comes down and meets you right where you are in your darkest and loneliest moments.

A teacher’s position in a room does not determine their level of authority. Similarly, our perception of God’s position in our lives does not determine His level of authority. God has always, is still and will always be sovereign over all and that is one of the most comforting things to know in the society that we’re living in. He knows all and He sees all. Teachers are often able to tell who is talking or fidgeting without even looking and it’s because we know our children….. but it is funny when you see the confused look on their faces as they wonder how on earth you knew it was them! Anyway, in all you do remember that God is always in control. He neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4) and He is working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). Hold onto this truth as you go about your week. Blessings.


 

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