Pretty soon schools will come alive again with the excited and anxious voices of children and teachers. The first days of school can be a time of great fear and stress for the little guys starting school for the first time. As a kindergarten teacher, my heart aches for those new babies who walk through my door uneasy, worried or down right terrified. Some students have never been away from their family for such a long time. Then all of a sudden they are left with a complete stranger. Students don’t know that I have long been planning for their arrival and have good things in store for them. I want the very best for them and will do all within my power to protect, teach and love them. Of course, since they don’t know me yet, kinders don’t trust that I plan every moment and activity for their benefit. In time, they settle in because they experience my love for them daily in every activity, lesson and in our every interaction. A trust is established.
Sometimes we feel anxious, like a new kindergartener. Difficult and new situations where we cannot see past the pain or fear surrounding us can cripple our faith. In Exodus, the Israelites leave Egypt where they have been slaves for hundreds of years. God does amazing miraculous signs and wonders including parting the Red Sea when bring them out to freedom. The Israelites praised God and cerebrated their victory. Yet less than two months later these same Israelites began to grumble to their leader Moses because they were thirsty. How quickly they lost their trust in the God who demonstrated his great power just a few weeks before. They didn’t have faith that their God would provide for their every need. Exodus goes on to tell us that the Israelites continued to complain as they traveled through the desert, all the while God was providing for them the whole way. Their lack of trust kept them from entering into the promise land. They wondered around the desert until a new generation, that had learned to trust God, had grown up. The faithful generation entered the promise land.
Oh, how many times have I panicked like the Israelites when faced with new or scary situations.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future.”
Despite how things look or how I feel, I know God is faithful to all his promises. The older I get the less time it takes for me turn to Jesus for help, instead of grumbling. I am learning to trust just like my little kinder babies.
Beth Hamon, Kalos Ministry