Last week, the middle school teachers and administrators sat down for a meeting. Our goal was simple to hash out the first week of school and to draft a plan of action for our newly adopted motto: “Ready to Learn.”
I had awakened that morning with Jeremiah 29:11 on my heart and mind.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God has a plan. We were meeting to plan. So naturally, I had to follow through with Jeremiah 29:12:
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
So I whispered a quiet prayer for the meeting I was about to attend.
Once we gathered together around our conference table, I was suddenly aware that each one of us have unique talents and spiritual backgrounds. We all teach a different subject. We each have a special passion for our subjects. I never realized that history could be so exciting, that math could actually be fun, and that science was more than just dissecting poor helpless frogs. I mean, let’s face it, English rocks and I love it!!
But when we come together, we have one thing in common the most–our students. Because of those students, we unite and we put our differences in subject passions aside.
Now, as I glanced over to all my colleagues, I never really took note of our spiritual differences. We are all believers of different denominations and at different points on our spiritual journey. Funny, I never realized it. I just considered us all Christian. I think God allowed me to see that difference for a reason that wouldn’t be revealed until yesterday in church….. I will come back to that in just a moment.
The night before our meeting, I texted our group and said, “We should open with prayer.” We have been doing that prior to meetings recently. We all agree that we are more focused and feel the strength of God to conquer whatever is thrown our way. So it was just something I threw out there……a reminder. A simple reminder.
So remember Jeremiah 29:11-12 was weighing heavily on my mind that morning. I felt God pressing me to pray. As each person arrived and it was looking like the meeting was about to start, the Holy Spirit was screaming at me to pray. So, I said, “May I pray before we begin?” So we did…… and a productive meeting was held.
Which brings me to yesterday in church…….. I know you are thinking–Regina, get to the point!! –well, you see, I was sitting there thinking about my middle school peeps. I was thinking about how we all see things through different sets of eyes. And yet, we work so well together. We are a strong unit. Hardly a day goes by without us texting one another or we shoot a picture of something that reminds us of each other. We have laughed together, cried together, and we break bread together for 180 days each year. We are all Christians and strong believers…….. and we pray together……. then, BOOM!!
A prayer is being set up with the idea of how we, believers, need to come together and be united in prayer in order to bring change.
BOOM! I tell ya!!
I am so fortunate that I work with a group of believers, that pray together, that bring the differences to the table to create a solid unified approach to teaching…….. united.
Like Mother Teresa one said, “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.”