We stay super busy at school. I am
This week magic was happening in the classroom though and I actually slowed down long enough to watch it. I stood back in awe of my students speaking English. Being that I teach the lowest level of English at our school, my students came to me knowing the very very basics like, "Hello. How are you? I'm fine. Thank you. And you?" As I stood before them this week, listening to them talk about what they had for breakfast, what they wanted to do this weekend, what the weather was like outside, answering how are you with not the "robot-like" "I'm fine", but with "I'm happy, sad, ok, so-so, sleepy, etc." It was truly miraculous and so fun to see the progress my students have made this year. However, while this was very exciting, as I ate lunch with one particular student I was saddened by his reality. He began to tell me that he did not have a grandfather or a father. His face was so sorrowful as he told me about his family. Here it is not very popular for families to be broken or separated.. In fact, it is largely not accepted, although I believe it is growing trend. While it is common in the West for many children to come from broken families, it is not the norm here. As I looked into this usually a troublemaker's eyes, I was filled with love for him; a love that I knew must have come from the Father. And I was reminded that just as my student needed the love and discipline of an earthly father, we all need the same from our Father. And while my student's father had abandoned him, the Word reminded me this morning that our Father will never leave or forsake us. He is always with us. He holds our right hand and He is our Strength and Shield. With Him, there is nothing that we should fear or worry about because He is our Father and He is caring for us better than we can even imagine.
And while there are days that we will ask the question, "Why?" It is a great comfort to know that He is faithful and He is with us. He desires for us to sit before Him and receive all of the blessings that He has for us. In those moments, we will let go of the things that hold us back. Our hands will be opened before Him so that He can give and take away. And we can trust that even on the bad days, He gives good gifts to His children; He cares for His children; and He loves us abundantly more than we can even imagine.