I just love this time of year here in Texas. It’s springtime and everything is starting to bloom. The bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are my favorite.
I don’t know about you, but winter was downright depressing!
We have had a lot of rainy cold weather (for Texas that’s like 35 degrees – don’t judge:) and we have had hardly any sunshine. Now that the sun is back out again, everything is starting to come out in full bloom. Aren’t the trees and flowers so much prettier in the spring?
The other day one of my students brought me a clover with tiny eggs on it. We were searching on my phone to see what insect could have laid the eggs and then began discussing the beauty of springtime. It’s a time of birth – new beginnings.
With school winding down and coming to an end in about 9 weeks (unless you have school year round) it seems to be the longest and most stressful time of the school year. With end-of-year exams and state testing it sometimes causes me to become unfocused on my task of being a loving, caring teacher. I get too caught up in trying to turn in paperwork, complete running records, and cleaning up my room before taking off the summer.
The other day I announced that we would not be in school the following week due to Spring Break. Several of my students were sad and said that they wanted to stay at school and not leave for break.
This reminded me that not everybody is looking forward to summer as much as I am. There are still little people who want my full attention and who need for me to love them before leaving them. One day this week I was so tired and unmotivated to even go to school that God laid this verse on my heart.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (www.biblegateway.com.)
The best way for me to continue having strength, as we near the end, is to talk to God and let Him carry me on the wings of an eagle. My students need for me to be strong. So, I will continue relying on Him to give me the strength needed to make it through to the end.
When I return to school tomorrow we will have exactly 9 weeks left. I am going to walk in to work tomorrow with a smile on my face, enthusiastic to see my students, and think of it as a new beginning as opposed to the end of another year.