First week of school over and done with. Whef! What a week! If you have no involvement with a school, and have no idea what goes on inside the four walls of the school during the first four days, I have to admit it’s quite chaotic. Actually, very chaotic!
We have a huge list important items we have to accomplish in the first week. Fire drill procedures. Lockdown protocol. Make sure students get on the right bus and make it home at night. Paper work. Classroom routines. We don’t get to teach much curriculum during this week but we cover all the important items that they will need to have a successful school year.
I’m in my ninth year of teaching grade 5 French as a second language. In grade 6 my students have the option of entering the French Immersion program or continuing in the straight English program that they have been doing all along. Every year I have the parents that ask me for my opinion if their child has the ability to be successful in the Immersion program where they will be taking every subject in the French language, and I value them asking me my opinion.
Some years, I do have parents that don’t ask for my opinion and put their child in the Immersion program, but usually these children are the ones that struggle with the program and end up coming out and transferring back to English. If their parents had of asked me, I definitely could have given them my professional and educated prediction on whether their child would have the parts to be successful in this program.
As I was doing my presentation and explaining this to my new parents at this year’s Meet the Teacher night, a light bulb went off in my head. How foolish are the parents not to ask me for my guidance on this big life decision for their children, but how foolish are we that don’t ask our Divine Creator for his guidance in our own big life decisions?
Do you know how many of my own big life decisions that I have made without asking in prayer what I should do? I would have to say the majority of my life. I’m just getting into this spiritual journey, but what a difference it makes when I sit and pray about my life altering decisions.
God is a merciful God and going to make our life unfold the way he has created our lives to go. God also gave us the ability to have free will and form our own opinions and make our own choices. Will your choices always align with that of your Creator? Not necessarily. That is why it is important to include him when you are making your choices. Even little choices.
James 1:5 tells us just this, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Ask God in prayer what you may be questioning yourself, and he will lead you to the correct answer.
After a year of spending ever day of the school year with my students I can make an educated guess on whether or not they will be successful in French Immersion because I know their strengths and weaknesses. God created us. He knows us even better than we know ourselves and created our strengths and weakness for a reason. It’s all in the divine plan. Spend some time in prayer and he will direct you on any decision you have. Big or small. Try it and see the difference it will make in your life.