After 16 years as a student, it’s a bit of a shift being on the other side of the classroom. Today was my first day of teaching. Since I like analogies so much, I’ll use one to summarize my day- a tidal wave. You’re not really sure what happened, but now you’re wet. All of your possessions are scattered and nothing is quite as predictable as you thought before the tidal wave hit.
Ok, I know that analogy kind of makes it sound like it was a bad first day, but I wouldn’t use the word “bad” to describe my day. Overwhelming, yes. Exciting, yes. Intense, yes.
The class that was supposed to have 38 students, only has 31 now (not like that’s not a lot of students still!). And with the exception of the 2+ hours with my 5th period class, things went pretty smoothly. Nothing bad happened with 5th period, it was just loooooooong… which is why we’re going to watch a DVD tomorrow. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to getting through beginning of the year business and getting a routine going. I know that once I have seating charts (doing that tomorrow), I’ll be able to learn the students’ names which will help with everything. I’m just in input overload mode right now!
But along with all the school related input, injecting God’s truth into all of this is so essential! Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that God prepared good works in advance for us to do! Our everyday actions are not without purpose! And I love this reminder in Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God can see the BIGGER picture. I’m zoomed into my tiny little world, but God has the bird’s eye view and He is sovereign over it all. Because of Him, I can face tomorrow! 🙂