Off and Running

I teach second grade. That means that I have charge of 10 7- and -8-year-olds for about four and a half hours each day that I teach.

One of the wonderful things about our school is that we take a lot of field trips. Recently, I and two chaperones took my brood to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse as we were wrapping up our study of U.S. sites and symbols.

In their enthusiasm to see everything, the kids wanted to run on ahead and get to the next place first, ahead of everyone else. Problem was, they didn’t know where they were going. Many, many times during our time there, I had to call out and say, “Wait a minute! Come back here! We’re not going that way! Wait for me!” Or something to that effect.

How much easier would it have been if they had just stayed with me and seen all that I wanted them to see? Considering I was fighting a virus and had very little voice that day, it sure would have been easier on me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust int he Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Aren’t we just like second graders, wanting to run ahead in our enthusiasm to see what there is to see? But in the process, we can miss what God is wanting to show us. We’d accomplish a lot more if we’d take His hand and walk by His side.

Thankful today for:

145. Rosie

146. Lessons in the little things

147. TheCity (our youth ministry. See


One thought on “Off and Running

  1. Went to Ponce Inlet recently on an office retreat. What a beautiful place. Of course, I climbed to the top of the lighthouse. Twice. Of course Mark made it up the stairs faster than I did. Twice. Great view. Hope you are enjoying teaching school. Second graders are great!

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