“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (NKJV)
So often, we move from day to day without stopping to take just a few minutes to read Scripture. Yes, I must admit my sinful nature has caused me to do the same. And, too often, we get so caught up in the little things that seem so important at the time. We rush through our morning coffee or bowl of cornflakes. We scamper off to our classrooms or schools to greet students and parents. We hustle down to the teacher workroom to run-off items needed for the morning and rest of the day. After school, we quickly leave to run a few errands or get supper started for family members.
Sometimes it takes a time of crisis to slow us down. Among other things, a crisis tends to change our perspective on life a bit, doesn’t it? It really doesn’t matter if the clothes get washed, those last minute grocery items are purchased and brought home, or that last minute banking happens. A crisis will always help point out to us what is important – good health, loved ones, and the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father because of Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
And, a crisis had to “put things back into perspective” for me as well as my daughter-in-law, Megan, experienced some emergency surgery and care this past week. At those moments of concern, I, as you, are only able to rely on our faith for comfort. It is at times like these that we can rejoice and “Be still, and know that I am God…” because our hope for the future is already secure in Jesus.
Christian teachers strive for excellence in their instruction out of love and thanks to their Heavenly Father because of His great mercy, love, and grace bestowed upon us. Christian teachers seek daily to provide the best possible Christian instruction to those students entrusted to them. And, Christian teachers so readily know when to confront wrongdoing and when to direct their students back to Jesus for peace and comfort. Christian teachers in Lutheran schools throughout the LCMS and Indiana District juggle much to provide that wholesome care and well-being for those around them.
My prayer for each and everyone one of you is that you will realize the need to visit Scripture every day even without a crisis.
May God grant you a safe and blessed week!