Everybody was on pins and needles.
The school was seeking accreditation and the time had finally come for them to be inspected and interviewed.
There was one catch. The Accreditation committee would not tell the Principal the day they would actually be there. It could be any day of that week. Sneaky!
There was nothing the principal could do but wait and pray.
The team did not show up Monday, or Tuesday and by Wednesday the principal was a nervous wreck. She kept saying, “Keep it clean, people! Keep it clean!”
She ran around with a roll of paper towels and a spray bottle cleaning everything and everybody, it seemed. She hurried the students through lunch hour so the cafeteria would be clean.
The 4th grade teacher, who was high strung and nervous anyway, began to have a melt down. She had a terrible morning and her room was a wreck.
Books and paper were scattered around the classroom everywhere, and the children who always tuned her out anyway, tuned her out even more that day.
By midmorning she was stressed and ready for her break.
Much as she was annoyed by the sweetsy cutesy Bible teacher, she could not wait for her to come to spend her hour with her class.
For years she secretly called her "The Annoying Bible Teacher." She was just a little too cheerful all of the time, and life was not about being cheerful all of the time!
The Annoying Bible teacher came right on schedule.
She was as cutesy as ever with that ever present toothy smile on her face.
She was carrying a box of games and resources for the students. The kids were excited and overjoyed. They started chanting, “Bible! Bible! Bible!”
The 4th grade teacher yelled for them to pipe down. “Control yourselves!,” she said.
“Your fun and games are about to begin, don’t worry.”
Then she felt a lecture coming on.
Looking at the Annoying Bible Teacher with disdain, she said, ”Do you children realize that life is more than fun and games?
”Life is more than Bible trivia and Bible stories, people! Life is New Math and Science and hard things like that!”
The students tuned her out again, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the Bible Trivia Game that they had been promised.
They wished their teacher would hurry, get out, and go on her break.
The Annoying Bible teacher stood in the door patiently with her box of goodies.
Finally the 4th grade teacher said, “Well come on in, they’re all yours!” And left.
The Annoying Bible teacher walked in and surveyed the damage.
Look at this classroom! Didn’t she know this was Accreditation Week? This was a disaster. Did she do this on purpose?
The children started chanting, “Bible Trivia! Bible Trivia!”
“No,” said the Annoying Bible teacher, “We can’t bring Jesus into a room looking like this! We’ve got to clean this place up!”
The children whined and complained.
One little boy said that Jesus didn’t mind how the room looked because the Bible said Jesus went to Hell and preached to the captives and surely Hell was worse than their classroom.
The Annoying Bible teacher organized the children into four groups and they all got busy cleaning the room.
One group worked on text books and reference books that were scattered all over the shelves and the floor. Another group got the Science area together and rescued two turtles that someone had turned on their backs.
They expertly organized the rocks and fossils and all of the other science things. They watered the dying seedlings in paper cups that everybody had forgotten about.
Another group straightened the Reading area, and sprayed and cleaned the bean bags and fixed the cushion on the teachers rocking chair.
They lined the books up neatly on the shelves and placed items of interest on the top of the little book cases.
One student vacuumed the carpet area, and another student and the Annoying Bible teacher mopped the tile area.
Then she potted some plants dying in small plastic store containers that the teacher had bought but had forgotten to plant.
Finally they hung up other interesting mobiles and decals the poor teacher had left in bags and boxes and forgotten about.
The room was beginning to look very nice. Now it was time to clean out all of the students desk. Some had paper, trash and old peanut butter sandwiches from days ago.
The trash can had to be emptied outside several times but finally all the trash was gone everything was shiny and clean with a light scent of lemon in the air.
The students looked around amazed, one child said, “We’ve got the bestest room in the whole school!”
The annoying Bible school teacher said, “It sure is the cleanest! Now! Guess what! BIBLE TRIVVVVVVVIA!
“Yay!” The students shouted in anticipation.
“First, lets all bow our heads and fold our hands together to pray.” The children obeyed.
Suddenly there was a knock on the door. A student opened it and the Principal and six people from the Accreditation Committee walked into the room!
They looked around and started smiling. “What a nice, organized classroom.”
The Principal beamed and the committee took out their notebooks for their survey.
They walked to the reference area and took notes. Then they checked the science displays.
They looked at the reading area, checking the books displayed and finally checked the social studies and math areas.
Then they nodded to each other. “All of the areas seem to be in order.”
Finally they said goodbye and walked out of the classroom—and nearly walked straight into the 4th grade teacher!
She was returning from her break. Her eyes filled with fear, shame and terror as she looked at the strangers.
Then God’s mercy enveloped her as they began to tell her how wonderful, beautiful and organized her classroom was.
Puzzled her eyes looked inside the orderly room and then tears began to flow. She thanked them and they walked away.
She walked into the room silently and looked at the Annoying Bible teacher.
"Thank you... This room was a wreck." She wiped tears from her eyes again.
"Our school might have not passed the review if they had seen it like it was. I was just upset and angry with all of the stress and preparation."
She continued, “You saved my job today."
The Annoying Bible teacher answered,
“No. God’s mercy saved your job.”
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.
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