Isaiah 40:31, NIV
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Imagine living this verse at the end of May.
You finish the year soaring instead of dragging, go into summer energized instead of weary.
If you’ve been called to teach, then you are doing God’s work. So this is exactly how He wants you to feel every day. Yet, we don’t.
There are so many parts of teaching that can pull us down, if we let them. God never said advancing His kingdom would be easy, but He promises it’s worth it.
He promises all the things in this verse, and they can become true. We tend to focus on the great things at the end of this verse. But first, we have to rewind to the beginning of the verse.
To get back to the purpose He has for us, the reason He put us in our classrooms, we must be the type of person Isaiah is talking about in this verse: those who hope in the Lord.
Teachers always want the best for our students. But we put our hope for this in the wrong things, sometimes. We put our hope in our ability to control our learning environments. But we can’t. We can try. We can feel like we have control some days. But we don’t.
Recently I had an extremely challenging week capped by a Friday afternoon that felt like summiting Everest. Except my summit was making it til 3:30 and my victory would be walking to my car.
I began to wallow in self pity – blame my students, my coworkers, my schedule. However, I’d been praying for clarity in the midst of chaos, lately. God answered my prayers and gave me the awareness to take a few deep breathes. For a few moments my mind was on Him. And the peace that surpasses all understanding passed over me. When I calmed down, the students responded in kind. Suddenly, getting through the last hour of the day didn’t seem so painful.
You don’t need to remember my example. You need to remember God. He is there for you in these moments. The more you think about Him during these moments, the more likely He is to guide you and the more receptive you will be to His will.