Today my kids wore white face paint and walked across a stage, acting out different qualities of a student who BUILDs others up. The looked like mimes, they sounded (or didn’t sound at all) like mimes, and they did wonderfully.
That was it. My last act as a teacher. Twenty little people who I have said goodbye to and leave in God’s hands.
It felt surreal today. Did I really decide to stay and do this in August? Has it really been nine and a half months since I first stood in front of these kids and listened to them say, “Mees, you’re young!”? What has changed except that I have a mind full of memories and a pocketful of teaching tricks?
God called me here this year. There is no doubt about that. And He has been faithful this year. After all, He can’t deny Himself. And I can’t speak for my students, but I know that He has worked in my heart. One of my student’s moms came up to me today and said, “You were like a butterfly this year. You came in as a baby and are leaving as an adult. You blossomed.” I don’t agree 100%, but I am different. I did grow up this year. Honestly, I don’t know if I like it all.
God has told us that in this world we will have trouble, and the New Testament is full of the church facing hard times. This year I got a taste of what it feels like to find joy in difficulty, and I know that there is only more ahead. That scares me. “He cannot deny Himself.” Trust.