I have not taken advantage of the free tours that museums are offering at this time via Internet. I’m more of a “hands on” learner.
I like to experience, see, touch (well maybe not in a museum), but you get my point.
In my experience, all tour guides are not equal.
Some guides are so very knowledgeable and share their wealth of knowledge in a way that the tourists can grasp it. They inspire the tourist to want to know more. They light a fire within. I often find myself buying a book on more information as I leave a good tour. Other guides add humor or perhaps passion. Both are appreciated and inspire the tour group.
The worst kind of tour guide is the one who could care less. They are there because it’s a job and a paycheck. They are not that knowledgeable, have no sense of humor and you get the bare bones of details.
You leave this type of tour thinking that you would have made a better guide yourself and in truth, you most likely would have!
The people within the tour group are a whole other dynamic. A good tour will limit the number of people on each tour, but we are still left to finding a good spot to both hear our guide speak and see the objects that they are speaking about. If you end up with a chatty group, you can end up not hearing a thing! I’ve been on tours where one person thinks they are on a tour for one. They converse with the tour guide, ask questions pertaining to themselves only, walk side by side with the guide as others are left to just follow and feel left out. A good guide will be able to get this tour back on track.
It has been on these types of tours that I wish I were rich and could buy out all the other slots on the tour and truly have a one on one tour.
When I taught elementary school, I often felt like a tour guide. I needed to be knowledgeable with the information I was passing on to my students. I had a passion and a fun sense of humor. To be honest, the humor was often for me more than my students. I needed to laugh and it blessed them as well.
I taught the group. As a classroom teacher, I also had the ability to attend to my students one on one. I would walk around the room stopping here and there at a desk of a student working, lean over, have a quiet discussion on their work, show them a correction or two, and move on.
Often I’d have a student or two pretend to struggle on purpose so that they could have my one on one attention too. I’d smile, lean over, tell them how very good they were doing, give them an idea on what they could add here or there, and move on.
If you’ve read my past blogs at all, you know where I’m going with this.
We have the best tour guide of all at our fingertips.
His Name is Mighty One, Jehovah, Yahweh, God. His Word, the Bible, is our one on one counsel. He is very knowledgeable, knows every heart and motive, understands every situation perfectly, draws close so that we can both hear Him and see what He is doing in our lives. He has a passion for all. There is not one that He doesn’t love entirely. He desires to share His love and passion in a personal way with whoever desires to come to Him.
If you haven’t already, ask Him to be your guide. Ask Him to show you who He desires to be in your life. Ask Him to show you His truths and His ways. Ask Him to forgive you of every wrong and sinful thing you’ve ever done and in an instant He will. Draw close, get an up front seat and watch Him ease your fears and strengthen your heart.
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.”