Johnny is watching for Janet to come home today. This is the first month of her new year as a teacher, and he is planning to surprise her with a special evening for the two of them.
“Rudden!” He hears her car in the driveway and is on his way out the door to meet her when he sees her put her head down on the steering wheel. Opening the car door, he sees that she is crying.
“Sweetheart, what’s the matter?” he says helping her out of the car.
Between sobs she tells him. “Oh, Johnny, I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I can take it anymore.”
He helps her out of the car and presses her head into his massive chest while he holds her.
“Come on in the house where we can talk, and I’ll fix you some tea. That’ll help.”
“My head is spinning, and I feel like giving up.”
“Shh, now, it’ll be all right.” He says as he strokes her long black curls.
He loves her hair, the way it feels and the special fragrance that comforts him as he nestles his nose deep into her head. He would do anything for her.
In the house, he gently places her into her favorite over-stuffed chair. It always seems to make the world’s troubles go away. He hands her a tissue to blot her pretty eyes -- eyes that are usually smiling or laughing. What could have happened to mar the beautiful radiance on her face that he is accustomed to?
“Would you like some tea now?”
“No, just hold me. I feel as if I’ve had a beating.”
“Tell me who did this to you.”
“It’s just my job. The kids were especially rough today. I’ve wanted to teach for such a long time, to help kids to learn the things that will carry them in life, but . . . but I’m not sure I can do it anymore. These kids seem like they don’t have even basic social skills. They act like they’re a bunch of wild animals turned loose for me to corral for hours a day. I don’t know how I’m ever going to teach them anything.”
While he holds her, he is praying about how to solve this problem that has hurt his precious one. He has an idea.
“Come with me, I have something to show you.” he says as he tries to entice her to come with him. I think you’ll like it. Remember the Robin who made a nest right outside our kitchen window?”
“Oh, yes, she is so pretty. I always admire her and the way she protects her nest. I’m in awe of the way she sits there day after day even during the bad rain storm we had last night. How is she today?”
Looking out over her nest, they see little baby chicks that have just hatched.
“Oh, look. They’re so cute. She was so committed to their safety that she didn’t care about her own.”
Pausing for a minute, it is as if a light has dawned on her.
“Oh, I get it now -- commitment. Her commitment to her babies brought them life.”
She sits down for a minute to take in this new revelation.
“Johnny, do you think I could be as strong as that Robin?”
Johnny guides a curl from her forehead and then tilts her head up to meet his eyes.
“You did make a commitment when you signed your contract to teach these kids. I guess maybe you’ll just have to sit on the nest as long as it takes. Of course, we’ll pray for them and bless them. That always makes the difference.”
This is the answer she needs, and a broad smile escapes to cross her mouth. Her eyes begin to sparkle again.
“Yes, I don’t have to do this alone, do I? I have God, and I have you to help me keep them covered in prayer. We can do this, together. I love you, Johnny.”
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