Joyful Learning


Remembering that God is the master teacher

by Sheri Wohlfert

God is such a perfect teacher! I may have certificates and degrees that say I’m qualified to teach, but the most joyful days as a teacher happen when I allow him to be the master teacher in my classroom. When I let him be in charge and allow students to share what God puts on their hearts, something as simple as a first-grade bulletin board about God’s love can be a joyful lesson.

I thought I had a great idea the kids would get in a snap! I was feeling pretty smart about the whole thing until I explained it to the kids and got nothin’ but that “deer in the headlights” look from each of them! I’ve been teaching long enough to know when the ship is sinking and I need to bail before I drown … I was there! In a flash I prayed, “OK, God, I wasn’t so smart here … send me something quick that will honor you and teach all who see this project about your love; send your Holy Spirit quickly with a good idea!”

He heard me, and seconds later I looked at the kids and explained that a giant heart would contain the words “I see God’s love …” and I would take a photo of each student holding that giant heart. In smaller hearts, they would write the words that completed the idea. I asked if anyone knew how they would finish the sentence.

I was prepared to help them stretch their ideas and invite them to dig deeper, but God must have been laughing at me because the first child I called on blew me away with his answer: “This is the easiest question you’ve asked us all year. I see God’s love … when I see Jesus on the cross.” As my heart was melting, the little girl next to him put her arm around his shoulder and said, “That’s the best answer ever in the world because it took a lot of love to ignore all those hurts and mean people just for us!”

Each answer revealed a nugget of God’s grace and love, and I sat there wondering who the teacher really was. That two-second prayer of trust, even if it was offered as a desperate plea, helped me to realize that if God can be trusted to help with little things like a bulletin board, he is certainly equipped to tackle the big things such as finances, relationships, and whatever else we think we’re smart enough to handle on our own!

Thank you, God, for the joy of learning new things — even when I’m the teacher!

Sheri Wohlfert is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker, and teacher who writes from Michigan. She uses her sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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