I have had a great opportunity to travel across the state of North Carolina over the last two weeks. I have lived in just one area and worked in that same community, so I have forgotten how big just this state is and how beautiful. Not just the natural beauty but the people. Especially those teaching our students each and everyday. What a life changing experience to see our state and engage with educators who care about the students they teach? I wanted to pack so many in my suitcase and carry them back home to my students. Learning with educators across the state reminds me of the verse in Isaiah 40:31, "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." As educators we are on the front line for our students.
Educators in NC
These past weeks gave me the opportunity to meet such strong passionate people and reminds me of how God is working in the lives of people around me each day, but also people across the state, the country and around the world. His guidance is evident when you talk to so many who just care so much about children. Jesus was an example to us all on how to love children. In Mark 10:16, "And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.", we read how Jesus take the children and changes their lives. I met educators who with whatever they have they strive to give their students the best they can and in turn they are a blessing to their students. This experience has been a reminder to me of not just why I do what I do but why so many have chosen to love all our children just as Christ has chosen to love us.
Natural Beauty of NC
Finally, as I drove across the state, I was blessed with seeing so much of God's beautiful creations. Sometimes the Sun was shining and the breeze was awesome. Then the storm clouds would open on the fields and pastures. I watched the sun rise between the mountains of NC one morning as I drove through the valley. I saw the flatlands of eastern NC humid and dry and then drenched and wet. I drove back roads I would have never known without this adventure and all of it was full of God's beauty. I watched the sunset each evening in a new location and praised God for his beauty. I was reminded of the verse in Ecclesiastes 3:11, "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end." No matter what the circumstance be sure to take the time to see the grace and beauty of God all around you.
God's world is full of beautiful people and beautiful places. Sometimes I just can't get enough! Makes me want to find another adventure. Maybe I will head to Syracuse, New York….Stay Tuned.
Closing Verse: Psalm 145:5, "On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate."
Challenge: Open your eyes to all the beauty God has given us. Sometimes it is an unexpected blessing.