February 2

Love isThe Lord never ceases to astound and amaze me. I delight in finding Him in he midst of the most mundane activity or even better, during a time when I am most definitely not thinking about Him. I love the vast and myriad ways He brings my attention back to my center,Him.

I am confessing that I do not think about Him 24/7. I do my best to keep my thoughts, deeds and eyes on Him, but I am only human and things happen, you know.

Just this week, in my first grade classroom my students were working their learning centers (or workstations as we call them). It was very near the end of the day and I was working with two students on their reading while everyone else was quietly active at their workstation. I noticed it was time to clean up and told the student working closest to me to start picking up. I then turned back to the two readers and tried to finish up with them.

Suddenly, there was a commotion and someone was crying. What a way to end the day, I thought! Now there will have to be an investigation. What happened? Why is this student crying? Then, there will have to be soothing for the crying student. No calm ending to this day is likely. When just a moment ago there was peace and harmony, calm and quiet in the room, now there is chaos and confusion, madness and mayhem. I am everywhere at once. Soothing and administering a wet paper towel for the injured party, directing students to complete their cleaning, directing others who have completed their clean up to sit down.  There I was, working in and of myself. Thinking only of the here and now and letting the circumstances control me and my attitude.

When one particular student walked toward me quietly, of course, I did not notice him. Oblivious, he kept moving forward toward me. He positioned himself right in front of my face and said, “Mrs. Sterrett, I love you.” He then placed his precious little head on my shoulder. Oh my LORD! What a precious moment. I see you Father, you are sending this sweet one to remind me of who I am, and who You are, and how much you love all of us.

There is nothing better than being in the Lord’s presence, when just a second ago there was chaos and confusion, madness and mayhem, the Lord sent his messenger to restore our room to fully focus on the “greatest of these…love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

The room froze and all eyes were on the love the student was giving me. I could see it on their faces as they waited for my response and reaction. What will she do now? I did what anyone would; I put my arms around him and said, “I love you, too!” I gave him a big hug. All at once everyone was lining up for hugs. We all hugged and happily cleaned up, lined up and left for home.

Thank you, my Father. Thank you that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Love did its work and did not fail our class this week!