School Week 2 of 2017 is coming to a conclusion. It has been an interesting week to be sure. Monday was the M.L King Jr. holiday so we had no students but still had some work to do. And some old friends came by for a few days to visit and get to know the new staff and how things are working out here. It was a good time of review and contemplation.
While showing our visitors around the school, I came upon these orchids blooming in their solitary spots. Again, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness to us even when we are clueless about His presence.
One of my random “wants” a few years ago was a cement giraffe. We were driving in a randomly and lost way through a part of the island and passed a cement statue sales place. I saw the giraffe and THAT became an obsession. On another trip up a mountain, I saw this pair and now they live at the school. They remind me of God’s sense of humor and help me to keep mine where it should be.
I have been reading Love in A Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews these days and simultaneously reading the Hosea from my Bible. What a story that is! And Mesu brings it to life in her Biblical/historical fiction fashion. We need to truly guard our hearts and allow God to work in us for His purposes.
I often tell my verbally sarcastic friends, “Sarcasm is so unbecoming.” Well, I noticed today that sarcasm has crept into my teaching style and it IS very unbecoming! Today I had to sit down and rethink my approach to what was being said. It’s easy to let little things slide, but I don’t want to teach my students through my non-intentional non-verbal expressions that sarcasm is acceptable in a general and daily way.
Those non-verbal cues… let me tell you… today I saw the mask of deceit pass over a young face. It was so obvious and when I said, “You stop lying about that,” the child gave me a surprised face and tried to dismiss me with a “WHO ME?” look.
Communication is so full of subtleties. We have to work to keep ours in line with God’s Word and with His character. I am learning this daily through my own foibles and thank God for His constant teaching and re-teaching. As Hosea 14:9 reminds us:
Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.
May this year find us willing to realize, to discern, to understand and to repent. Take note of that “little” habit and get it under control before deceit or sarcasm becomes your way of thinking. God would like to help with your (and my) transformation… if only we will humble ourselves under His mighty hand.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is
—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2