My oldest daughter has now started her first real teaching job; she has been given charge over a group of third graders in NW Arkansas. (Her dad is very proud!)
She was told that she would be given a maximum of 25 students, so she prepared her room for that total.
- 25 pencil boxes
- 25 folders
- 25 small white boards
- 25 mail boxes
One problem: she ended up with 26 students.
Now, mind you, I get a huge kick out of this because this is a girl who loves order and symmetry… so by telling her one thing and having it turn out another way makes her crazy! So, for at least a little while, the count on all of her resources will be one-off, and one 8 year old will go without all of the things that his classmates have.
This quickly became a word-picture for me:
Do we prepare our church services thinking that only a certain number of people will show up? Are we limiting ourselves and God with our own expectations?
Lord, please give us at least one more than we expect!