It was my first teaching job. I was so excited. It was a brand new Christian school and I was hired to teach second grade. I loved second grade. I had student taught second grade. I knew how to do this with my eyes closed. “I’ve got this Lord!”
Those would have been my thoughts at that moment.
A week before school started, the administration made some swift changes. The enrollment for first graders was much higher than they expected and so they moved me to a first grade teaching position.
I cried all the way home. Can you imagine a teacher crying over something like this?
Did you ever think about the fact that a teacher might be scared to teach something? I was scared out of my wits. First grade? First graders need to be taught to read. I had never done that before. How do you do that? How do I even begin to teach a child to read? What if I couldn’t do that? The whole world would know I couldn’t teach children to read! What on earth was I going to do?
With tears streaming down my cheeks, I decided to turn on my car radio. It was set to a Christian station with good teachings and discussion. The man on the radio said these words…”If you are in a place where you are saying: “I’ve got this Lord. You don’t have to worry about it”. You are in the wrong place. If you are on your knees saying, “I need you Lord,” then you are most likely in the right place that God has prepared for you. I had definitely moved from the “I’ve got this Lord” to the “I need you Lord” and I am forever thankful of the lessons learned that day.
I went on to have a wonderful year teaching first graders and they did learn to read.
Most of my teaching career ended up being teaching first grade children to read and to write. I was able to share with them my love of reading, history, and learning in general. I desired to engrain in them that learning was fun!
I also learned no matter how many years of experience I had, I needed to be on my knees in prayer. I have a saying that I’ve painted on a wall in my home and it reads, “You never stand taller than when you are on your knees. Pray.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
(During this time of division in our country and the inauguration of a new president…may we commit each and everyday to prayer)
WE NEVER STAND TALLER THAN WHEN WE ARE ON OUR KNEES