Today in Science, as I was rifling through an animal encyclopedia of sorts, I realized there were no amphibians to be found in my book. I could NOT find my original source to save my life… That can happen in a classroom shared with 28 children who are welcome to touch any materials they choose.
With a gaggle of first-grade children at my feet eagerly awaiting pictures and information, I muttered quietly to myself, “Oh… Please let there be some frogs in this book.”
Suddenly, a few of the children began to pray. For frogs, y’all. 🙂
And a kid yelled, “DEAR JESUS, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST LET THERE BE SOME FROGS!”
Another one said,
“Oh, Lord, pleeeaaaase let some amphibians appear!”
And a third exclaimed, “JESUS PLEASE GIVE US SOME FROGS. Amen.”
Apart from a few kindergarteners during my first year arguing about whether the trinity is comprised of three distinct persons or three in one (yes, it really happened one day in snack), today had to be my favorite kids-and-faith moment at school so far. 🙂
The great news is, The Lord answered their prayers faithfully and helped us to find frog facts after all (in another book).
I continued wordlessly as though nothing had transpired, but couldn’t help the huge grin on my lips.
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
It is with tears of gratitude that I give thanksgiving for this profession and opportunity to love on the sweetest children.
Fellow teachers, I pray for you. If you’re worried about whether your time with your students counts in the Kingdom, especially if you’re in the public school system and feel you have to “check your faith at the door,” I want to encourage you with this scripture:
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’