Hi everybody! I hope your morning is going wonderfully.
First off, I was moving giant stacks of wood yesterday at work, so currently my finger is encased in a Band-Aid and do you have any idea how hard it is to type with a Band-Aid? So there’s that.
Speaking of work, it’s so neat to work outside in God’s creation teaching youngsters, but it’s also a bit challenging and sometimes crazy. We had about 800 kiddos yesterday, and I could barely wrangle them into a sort-of-line-ish (with an emphasis on “ish”). God knows each name, each hair, each smile, each tear, and each laugh emitted by each child in that place…and in this world.
This week God’s been teaching me that it’s not all up to me, and to start looking at situations and people (including myself) for what’s on the inside more, and focus less on externals (1 Sam 16:7).
As I attempt to hide from the world, decisions, and exams on my little window seat, God reminds me that he commands me to rest as well as to work, and that his productivity looks a whole lot different from the world’s version. Also, to just stop and look at his creation…listen to the birds sing and feel the breeze; those things are excellent reminders of Who’s in control.
Yesterday at work, one of the students I was attempting to teach couldn’t speak English. She only spoke Spanish. I had no idea of this and spent about one minute looking like a complete idiot trying to communicate with her. Then, the kid next to her spoke up and informed me that she couldn’t speak English. (Could you have mentioned this a little earlier, kid?) He ended up translating my English into Spanish for her, rescuing me from sure embarrassment if I had attempted to translate it myself. The whole situation reminded me how vast God is. We have barriers; language is one barrier I often forget about but was reminded of today. We serve a God with no limitations; he transcends all barriers and is sovereign over all (2 Chron. 20:6).
I’m not sure what you’re facing today. Maybe it’s something as seemingly small as a Band-Aid on your finger as you try to type and accidentally hitting “caps lock” (which I literally just did and was so confused as to why this post was in all caps…you’re welcome for figuring that one out), or maybe it’s something way bigger and much more terrifying. But whatever this Wednesday holds, let’s remember Who holds us. We serve “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6). God transcends barriers, moves mountains, and he conquered death itself to redeem you and be with you forever.
That’s the King we serve and the Friend we confide in (John 15:15; Job 42:2). Let’s take that truth with us as we march on into Wednesday.