We have routines in our classroom.
We have ways of doing things. We have ways of getting ready for the day’s beginning.
Four mornings a week we start our day with the rest of the school with morning devotions. We have a routine for this. First we open, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. We then say the pledge to first the American Flag, and then the Christian flag. It is then time to start our walk with God. This prepares our children to start the day in the “right” mind-set.
During the month of September, I have been blessed to lead the children through devotions. In order to spend this time with the children leading them in the WORD, I must first prepare myself. I must pray and then research what I will be speaking to them about. I must have knowledge of the topic.
The same is true when we gather in the classroom. When I lead the children in the subject I teach, I must not only have the knowledge of the subject matter, but I must be prepared. I must have the proper supplies for the children as well as the knowledge.
When God told Adam and Eve that He would send a Redeemer He did not do this right after they sinned. He took His time and prepared the world.
The timing had to be just right. The world had to be ready to not only receive Jesus, but also ready for Jesus to spread His Gospel. The world had to be ready for the Gospel to be easily spread.
God’s timing is always perfect, even if we don’t think it is right.
Sometimes we have to wait for God’s timing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to wait and we want to hurry the LORD along. Sometimes we aren’t prepared for God as we tire of waiting.
God always gives us what we need when we must wait. He has given us a book of instructions. He has given us the Bible.
All throughout the Old Testament God gave His people hints or insights into what His plans were for the birth of His Son and they often missed or ignored the clues. We now look back and ask how could they have missed the obvious? WE do this in our daily lives as we miss the clues the LORD is giving us. How do we know what He wants from us? We find His messages as we weekly attend worship and hear His Word and partake of the sacrament of His Supper.
You have this chance this Sunday to hear His word when you come to Grace Lutheran Church to hear the children of Grace sing praises to the LORD and see the dedicated teachers being installed for yet another year.
Come and join us as we worship and lift praises to the LORD!
Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School