Be still and know that I am God… ~Psalm 46:10
The life of a teacher is not a bed of roses and we are confronted with many challenges daily. Behavioral issues. Students yelling and cursing in the hallways all day long. Changing curriculum or policies. Last minute meetings or meeting cancellations. Lesson plans or adjusting lesson plans that went way south. Lunch doesn’t always mean being in my classroom alone. No. Some days students come to make up work, receive tutoring, just talk about the things going on in their lives, copies to make or errands to run. Even my planning period isn’t always mine to grade papers or plan lessons.
Daily my mind is shifted in a hundred different directions with no room to stop and catch my breath. Some days it can be a bit overwhelming because once I leave my paid full time job, I clock in at my second job as CEO M. O. M. That job carries with it the duties of chauffer, basketball games, laundry, dinner, physical therapy, nurse, counselor and GGing (gorgeous grand mothering). Despite taking it all in stride, I look forward to closing myself off in my bedroom and having some peace and quiet. Of course, my kids and grandson bust in and bombard me with things they want to talk about. Oh dang, I forgot I wasn’t off the clock and still had about 5 or 6 hours before the house is dead quiet and I can hear myself think.
It’s during those hectic days that my spirit reminds me to be still and rest in God.
Resting in him is essential for my weary soul because of juggling so many things. I’m reminded how fortunate I am that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. That one selfless act gives me a direct doorway to God whenever I need Him. While basking in those quiet moments, I ask God if He’s listening. To give me a sign so I know He sees all that goes on every day. To send the necessary help I need to make things run smoothly on both jobs. My spirit gently reminds me that my soul will find rest in God and that He hears and sees all that encompasses my life (Psalm 62:5, Job 34:21). My duty is to quiet my mind and go expectantly to sit at his throne. Not only is He waiting for me there, He has the answers to everything causing angst in my life. My responsibility is to faithfully believe and be still in His presence knowing that He is God and is in control of everything (Psalm 46:10, Matthew 6:8).
I think God allows things to get to an unbearable level to keep me humble and point out His ability to carry my burdens much better than I can.
Oh how easy it is to put on my Wonder Woman persona –
– and actually believe that my lasso is all I need to protect me day to day. I think God allows things to get to an unbearable level to keep me humble and point out His ability to carry my burdens much better than I can. Yet, when I think He’s not moving fast enough, Wonder Woman surely comes to the rescue thinking she can out do God. Yeah, right! Despite what my world view looks like, it is important that “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2).” Although it’s often difficult to just sit, rest and focus on my walk with God, mindfulness is necessary for quieting my mind, heart and soul. Doing so are necessary in showing my trust in God with every facet of life. Trusting that He will move according to His word (Isaiah 55:11).
So, go sit down somewhere and shhhhh…