Prepare yourselves, my friends. School starts tomorrow, and there are every so many spiritual lessons God teaches me from my one room at the school house.
Walk into my space right now and see how tidy everything is. Shelves are dusted, and #2 Ticonderoga pencils are sharp soldiers lined uniformly in their plastic drawer.
At each student’s seat is a neat stack of Spanish sentences, a syllabus, and a plastic box for flashcards.
I spent hours on the first day’s lesson plans for my incoming freshmen students. Writing, deleting, writing again. Mentally working through the activities, to make sure they were building a solid framework. This first week is crucial, as I take students from knowing virtually nothing about Spanish to speaking a few dozen sentences.
In my plans, I have walked ahead of my students and have thought long and hard about what they’re going to need to know, so they can slowly become independent in this new language. I have anticipated every possible question and have built in exercises for mitigating failure.
When the clock struck 3:00 yesterday, I sat in my desk chair and looked around at the room.
I have done everything I can possibly think of, to help my students succeed, I thought to myself. Today is Wednesday, but I have mapped out Thursday.
If a simple Wyoming girl will go to this much trouble for a few dozen Spanish students, how much more will God trouble himself over us? We are in today, but he exists in the future and is lining up life ahead of us.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8 NIV)
While you’re reading this, God is already in your tomorrow.
Objectives are clearly defined. (You might not know what they are yet, but he does.)
Everything needed is all laid out, in order.
Details thought through.
He’s just waiting for you to get there, ready to work and learn and grow.