It is not a secret that my life has changed. My husband is out of work, my daughter and her three children are living with us, my last child has left the nest and is flying all around the country, my job has intensified. Things are crazy, but God is still good.
Last year was difficult in different ways. It was mentally and creatively intense. I was involved in pioneering a new program, making it work, getting people to accept it. This year has more of a physical and emotional intensity. Life is moving faster. I walk through the door at work and at home and have to transition quickly from role to role. There is not time to process one event or piece of news before another one presents itself. These are different challenges.
Last year I found myself thinking deeply all the time. I would wake up with thoughts swirling through my head. This year I wake up praying. I have noticed that my devotional life has changed to match. Last year God spoke through His word to me in themes. He would develop lessons for me over a period of time and teach me slowly. These days I get something more like a sound bite. Yesterday it was, “build one another up,” and He gave me several chances to practice. Today I read I Thessalonians 5:12-28. It is full of short and to the point instructions on living the Christian life. (Just what I need) “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Beyond the very practical and oh-so-appropriate message of the words I also see a lesson for my for my classroom. I need to know my students. Some learn from long and deep discussion and others are made in such a way or living in such a circumstance where they need quick and easy to digest tidbits of information. God grant me wisdom to recognize who needs what. that’s where verse 24 comes in, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” Praise God!