Oh, it is finally here,VBS! Really, now, I love teaching little children about the love of Jesus. This picture (bottom of post) is from 2 years ago just so no one would recognize any of the kids. I love these kids. I do. This is my third year with this same class.
I was ready to stop teaching VBS after 2006, then lo and behold one of the mothers came to me and told me her daughter was PRAYING I would be her teacher the next year. I looked heavenward and said I hear you Lord. So I taught in 2007. The little girl prayed again. I heard again. I'm back.
Today was very hectic as first days of VBS always are, but I felt tears welling up at the closing ceremony (is it a ceremony??) and not because one little boy can't close his mouth. He can't....he tries, but he can't. I've had him every year. No, my tears were prayers each one, that these children would always love Him.
Seriously, it was fun and I had two great helpers from the youth group.
As you all know, I am an open book on this blog. You may wish I would shut the book a tad sometimes, but I can't. I'm like little VBS boy, I just can't. Besides if I closed the book how would you all know what to pray about.
Today, when tears were coming to my eyes, my heart was filled with prayers for all these children. Yes, I know I said that once already. It's worth repeating. Prayers also for their parents that they may never have to witness any of their children shred their lives and be helpless to do a thing. Except pray. I pray all the children at VBS will grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and skip all the bad stuff that can lead to worse stuff that WILL lead to heartbreak.
I also felt so unworthy to be teaching. Why me, Lord?? Goodness knows, I missed the mark in teaching my own children. They went to VBS.
Parents, hold on to those little boys and girls. Teach them with the help of the Lord as best you can. Trust the Lord with their hearts, and with your own. The Lord can do anything........as I watch these children, I trust anew that God WILL heal my own child. So I rejoice through the tears that I can trust Him!
P.S. I could possibly cry tomorrow too....so beware!