Day 16 - Safe and Dignified

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR EDUCATION?

1 SAMUEL 17:45-47: “You come against me with [the] sword…but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…”

PSALM 91:9-11: “The Lord my refuge…no harm will overtake you…”

When David met Goliath in battle, he did not do so in the conventional might-vs.-might way. Even though Goliath kept taunting Israel to send their strongest warrior, David stepped forward with another kind of power. In an unconventional way, David met Goliath with the name of the Lord Almighty rather than might and emerged victorious despite all odds.

We serve a living God who we can trust to be present in every circumstance.

I am reminded of an elderly woman who devotes herself as a substitute teacher in a Washington state school district. Just yesterday, answering the call to sub in a high school Special Education EBD (Emotionally Behaviorally Disturbed) classroom of mostly boys, she hobbled into the room.

Unafraid, she set the ground rules and appealed to their sensitivity for the elderly. Without looking at their outward appearances of intimidation, foul language, physical harassment, body odor, and ADD tendencies, she chose to focus on their need for structure, consistency, consideration, respect, persistence, and love.

She was not afraid to tackle the tough stuff, for she knew the Lord would continue to be her refuge, and the Most High her dwelling; that no harm would overtake her because His angels would guard her. In doing this she also raised up the students by believing they could be respectful and responsive if given the structure. Like David, she knew and trusted in the power of God’s presence for herself and for her students.

REFLECTION:

  1. How could churches in your community be effective in reaching out to schools in your area together?

  2. What are some simple strategies for sharing God’s love within our public school settings?

  3. How is God calling the Church in your city to provide safety and dignity in the classroom for teachers and students alike?

Lydia Brown Rainier Valley (Seattle), WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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