“Be not weary in well doing. For in due season, you shall reap if you faint not.”Galatians 6:9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6
Years later, verses like these would become my saving grace. For example, years ago, when I was an elementary education student, I needed to wait on the Lord. You see, I had taken a content test and missed passing by a point!
Despite having a 4.0 average and my professors arguing for me to be able to student teach on schedule, the school would not allow it. However, God was doing something. Through all of the setbacks, He had a better way!
Thankfully, I did not give up, and I took the test again. In the meantime, I met my cooperating teacher and helped her set up for the year, as planned. I even went to the staff training and the Back to School Night.
When fall came, I got up, got dressed for student teaching, and packed a lunch. From there, I went to meet the dean. When she got off the phone with my scores (they hadn’t come in the mail yet), I went straight to my placement.
The cooperating teacher was about to close her classroom door, as I met her with a smile. You guessed right. I passed the second time.
Not only did I pass, but I earned a very high score. Believe it or not, this was not the only blessing. Another blessing was all of the things that were waiting for me once I began my placement.
For starters, I was able to keep my first choice for my student teaching placement. I originally chose it because it was my old elementary school! While student teaching, I met another teacher that I would be mentored by and work with for several years (even while working at different schools).
Not only this, I was reunited with my kindergarten, second, and third grade teachers before they retired. I had no idea they were still there, so I was blessed not to miss seeing them again. Another opportunity, waiting for me, was meeting a sweet boy with developmental delays.
He was in the kindergarten class where I student taught. As the Lord would allow it, we met again when I took my 5th grade students on a middle school field trip. He was also visiting with his school, saw me, came up to me, and hugged me. He was doing so much better, talking better, and that really touched me!
What am I trying to say, with all of this? By having to wait in the manner that I did, but still having things work out, God proved that He has perfect timing. You see, I could have done my student teaching at another school and another semester, but God chose to let me continue on schedule and in that particular placement.
He did this because He knew what was up ahead of me and that it would be a blessing on many levels! While it looked like I would be denied the opportunity, I was just delayed for a while. Still, God got me there. Thank God, I was willing to wait and believe that He would!
Keep believing in God’s timing,