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Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)
TITLE: Tragedy Turned to Blessing
By Esther Phillips
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I didn’t have any time during the week to prepare to teach my class of Junior High students on Sunday morning. I got up early to do some last minute preparations. I had difficulty keeping my mind on the task at hand. I finally just dropped my head into my hands and prayed, “Lord, I don’t know what to do with my class this morning because I’m having difficulty concentrating. Please help me.” I tried studying some more, but I still couldn’t seem to get a clear direction of how to teach these kids. I gave up, showered, and headed out the door for church. I prayed all the way there.
Junior High kids can be quite challenging. At one moment, they are like little children; and yet, in the next moment, they act very grown-up. I couldn’t tell you what the lesson was that morning, but I will tell you this. As each young person left the class that day they told me what a GREAT class it was.
I learned that day that God is a much better teacher than I will ever be. My job is to prepare as best I can, although that day I was far from being prepared. Then I am to pray for my class and my teaching. Finally, I show up and turn the actual teaching over to Him. I continue to use this method today as I teach older adults.
Moses had moments of doubt in his ability, too. God told him in Exodus 4:12, “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Several years later, we had a church supper followed by members telling what they really liked about our church. I was blown away when one of my students from that Junior High class told that what she really liked about our church was having teachers like me. She said she especially learned a lot from our Junior High class.
What I especially like about being one of God’s children is that he will help us speak and will teach us what to say. We just need to lean on him.
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