God has been very good to me this week; however, it has been a difficult week, a trial of my strength and courage as I have abruptly jumped back into the classroom teaching college English and composition without any inkling that this was about to happen to me until the “11th hour.”  I found out about the possibility of this teaching opportunity less than two weeks ago, and although I was very excited to find out that I would have this chance to do what I dearly love, I was somewhat skeptical that the opportunity would come to fruition.  But it was obviously all in God’s plan, because I had a wonderful interview session with my new boss and her “right-hand woman,” and by the end of the session, it became abundantly clear that they were not trying to decide whether to hire me into this opening, but rather, they were simply validating their already-made decision to hire me and validating what they already believed about the quality of my character and my experience.  It was just a “final check” of the systems which soldiers and pilots are familiar with – that one last look over the equipment, plan, or people immediately before you execute just to be sure you haven’t missed something. 

The physical demands were a lot harder than they would have been 10 or 15 years ago.  I have been learning in the past couple of years about my increasing limitations as get further into what is termed “middle-age.”  But I know that God’s Spirit must have been with me in extra measure, helping me to bear the heavy load of this week, and I feel that I am beginning to acclimate to the physical demands of teaching.  Just the big change of getting  back into the classroom, teaching three classes would have been hard enough, but I had the additional stress of doing in less than two weeks what would take others in a normal process a couple of months to accomplish.  Moreover, it seemed that the enemy was blocking my way at several steps, causing mischief in bureaucratic snafus and utterly bizarre problems that have no normal explanation.  And what’s more, these bureaucratic problems kept me from accessing various teaching resources for class planning and execution, so I had to do twice the work that my colleagues in other classes were doing.  But, being a life-long soldier, I fell back on my soldiering skills of improvising, adapting to conditions, making do with a bad situation, and turning chaos into mission accomplishment. 

Although it was a trying week, I am most grateful to be back in the classroom.  And I have seen already why God wanted me here in this situation.  Many of my students need a little extra help, a little more patience, and a lot more wisdom in helping them to overcome some serious obstacles.  But I feel confident that God has been preparing me for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14), just as He prepared Esther for her special mission.  I can already tell that I am getting through to my students, not just in reaching them with my unique classroom techniques and my personal touch, but also in touching their hearts and making personal connections with many of them already, preparing the way, I’m sure, for witnessing opportunities and opportunities just to provide loving Christian service, being an ambassador of His love, and helping them to see Jesus through me.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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