I walked into the room, bringing a wave, no, a tsunami of tension with me. She wasn’t facing me, standing at the table looking over her teaching materials, and I thought momentarily I might catch her off guard. “Mrs. Jones,” I said, my voice lightly trembling, “I’m Emily’s mom and I… uh… we …” She whirled around, and stopped me with a gracious warmth in her voice.
“Everything’s going to be alright. Everything’s going to be just fine,” she said.
I can still hear those words rolling off her lips. Her eyes were shining brightly with the light of Jesus and she knew exactly what to say. All of my worries and anxious thoughts were defused in just one moment. It was a moment I will never forget.
That day was our first day of school in 2016, and Emily was nervous. But I… I had taken up that nervous-ness right along with her. All summer, I had coasted along confidently, happily believing we had made the best plans for Emily’s first year of high school. But, as the first day closed in, we both became less and less confident.
Some years are different than others for me in how and what I plan for our school work, but always, and I do mean always, I reach an anxious point. And at that point, I pray frantic prayers to the Lord for help and wisdom and peace because I know that I can’t do this BIG thing He’s called me to do without His help.
Last year, He used Mrs. Jones to help calm my heart. (And by the way, we had a fantastic year – thanks to the goodness of the Lord!) School starts tomorrow, but this year, we don’t have a Mrs. Jones. And so, I’m remembering, His goodness – but also her words and her heart.
Because He is at the heart of our home school, I am confident:
Everything’s going to be alright. Everything’s going to be just fine.
And to everyone starting school, at home, or in christian, public or private classrooms – I pray you will live confidently believing : He who promises to finish the good work He started, will be faithful! Have a great year!!