From the West Wing

I recently made the statement that this has been such a crazy school year that I feel as though I have lost complete control of everything. It seems that each day brings a new challenge and I’m never quite sure what is going to happen next. Here’s a small example of what I mean. Yesterday as I was teaching 6th Grade Math, the document camera began taking random pictures. While this is a feature that can be quite useful at times, it is not something that is supposed to happen for no apparent reason. I tried several different things to stop the action, but to no avail. I finally gave up and just wrote on the white board. In teaching it’s called monitoring and adjusting.

It seems that I have been doing that a lot lately; monitoring and adjusting that is. It seems that life is going along quite smoothly in one direction when suddenly something happens and everything is turned upside down. I’m sure most of you have experienced the same thing at one time or another. It’s no wonder we feel at times that we have lost control.

As I thought more about my dilemma, I was reminded of something I actually read to the students in my morning announcements last week. I have been receiving a daily “Love Note From God” for several years now and I pass them on to the students each morning. Last Monday’s note said this:

“I know you Sharilee and I see what you do.

Just when you have prepared for all the possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion. I did not design you to figure out the future. That is beyond your capability. I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me. Talk to Me about all needs, your hopes and fears. Commit everything into My care. Turn from the path of planning to the path of rest and peace.”

The ideas were taken from I Peter 5, Proverbs 16 and Psalm 37. It spoke to me last Monday, but somewhere along the line I forgot until yesterday. As I reread it, I was challenged by the phrase “turn from the path of planning to the path of rest and peace. I want to do that today. And with God’s grace I can do it tomorrow as well.


Mrs. West

PS. I just had an issue getting this post in the right place for Sheila to publish it. Lord give me rest and peace!