This week I started my new job as a full time teacher. Yesterday was our staff wide inservice meeting and although I was nervous going into the day (because of COVID), as time went on, I received more peace from the Lord.
There are three things that are keeping me going when I’m tempted to fear.
- Acknowledging the problem. The Samaritan’s Purse video is what stuck with me the most throughout the whole pandemic. One nurse described COVID like an alien picking people off of the street at random. This is still happening across the world.
2. Acknowledging that there is a real enemy but knowing our God is greater fuels my prayer life. Just because we admit we have a fear doesn’t mean we aren’t walking in faith, in my case, it means I pray harder, lean in closer, and depend more fully on God each and every moment of my day. But for His grace and mercy, so Covington goes the way of New York. Fervent prayer and deep dependence on God matters.
3. Acknowledging Who has called me and what He has called me to motivates me to do the next right thing in love. It doesn’t mean I don’t struggle. It doesn’t mean that anxiety doesn’t rear it’s ugly head. It doesn’t mean that I don’t feel alone sometimes. But, His purpose in my life propels me to keep walking even when there is resistance.
My purpose statement for art class this year:
Why teach? Why try to go back to school in the middle of a pandemic? Why risk a bit of a career shift in the middle of a crazy year? Because I am called to continue to be light in the darkness adding beauty to the world and encourage the next generation to do the same.
I tucked my kids in last night and after a LONG day they could see it in my face. They gave me the kind of hugs I’m used to comforting them with and my oldest said earnestly, “Just trust in God, Mom.”
He meant every word. It was right then that I realized it. All of these years of teaching my own kids and my pre-k kids that God is worthy of our utmost trust, it was time for me to put into practice what I preach.
What an opportunity for the next generation to experience and tell their kids someday that there once was a very real enemy, but we acknowledged it, we prayed about it, we persevered, and God was victorious through our faith.
Instead of pretending the media blew COVID out of proportion and arguing about masks, let’s pray without ceasing for His mercy and protection over all of our teachers and students as they return to school.
He is our only hope and the cure for all of our anxieties and diseases.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways aknowlege Him and He will make your path straight.Proverbs 3:5-6