My first year of teaching was tumultuous, to say the least. I was hired to take over for a teacher that the kids had basically gotten rid of. She left without giving any notice and moved to a different state. These kids were what you would call challenging and I was a 22 year old newlywed fresh out of college. I had done my student teaching in a Gifted and Talented class of second graders in an affluent area.
Now my job was teaching sixth grade to low socio-economic students who set out to make teacher’s miserable, if possible. How do you survive in what seems to be an impossible situation? You turn to God. Sometimes you know that you need divine intervention to get through difficult situations. This was one of those times. I refused to let those kids win. I figured out that they really loved being read aloud to, so reading aloud to them on Fridays became a reward for getting through the rest of the week; a reward that they constantly requested and were willing to work for.
It was never easy, but I knew that with God’s help I could get through this and maybe even help a few of those students to become better readers. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” became my daily mantra and is truly the promise from God that I needed to survive that year. And I did survive and I went on to be a really good teacher, always seeking God’s help. Do you need divine intervention in your daily life? Let God help you today!