Somehow my time just isn't so free as it used to be now that I have a consistent and pretty much full time job. At times it was discouraging that I had time for little other than teaching and making lesson plans, but doing God's will always brings more happiness than doing what I want to do—even if it is something good.
The reason that I now have time write is that school is out for the week and we are on a visa run. We weren't planning on any breaks during the term, but when we found out that most of the teachers needed to be gone for at least part of the week, it was decided that it would be best to just cancel classes altogether for the whole week. This also gave our family the opportunity to make our visa trip without missing any school days if all goes as planned. We would have gone a week later, but it seemed clear that the Lord was leading in our making the trip now.
This week off of school has proved to be a great blessing to me. First of all, I was feeling exhausted to the point that I wasn't very motivated to do anything which is not normal for me. It has been good to be able to get some more rest and have a few days with a little more relaxed schedule. Secondly, I was actually able to get ahead on lesson plans as well as study more of the English teaching course that I am taking which has been a gold mine for this brand new teacher.
God has been showing His love and care for me in so many ways over the last few weeks. I have greatly enjoyed teaching however difficult it may be because 1) God's love, power, and faithfulness have become so real to me and 2) I am so blessed to be the teacher of such wonderful students—they each are a gift from God. And this “vacation” came as a wonderful surprise to me showing me once again how much He cares about all of our needs.
I hope that each one of you will willingly follow God wherever he leads. It's when you feel totally unsure of yourself, when death seems so near at hand, when He is all that you have left that you will come to know what a wonderful God we have. Don't be satisfied with a comfortable life—even if you are doing good things. Give Him your utmost, and He will give you His highest.
"If we surrender our lives to His service, we can never be placed in a position for which God has not made provision. Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, Christ does not leave us. His voice, clear and distinct, is heard saying, 'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.' John 14:6."
--Christ's Object Lessons, pg. 173