Back to school days are here and I was reminiscing about “old times”. I loved the beginning of school. Seeing all of the new children, buying new school supplies, (I love shiny notebooks, bold markers, sharp crayons, great book bags…ok deep breath!) and fixing up my room. It was all so exciting and exhausting at the same time.
One year I had a little boy in my first grade class, I’ll call him “B”, who was one of my favorite students ever. (I had tons of favorites) Was he the quietest and most studious student? No, he was very active and “ALL BOY” (his mom will vouch for this!) Did he make all A’s and always do his homework?
I honestly don’t remember. What I do remember was that B’s daddy LOVED spending time with him. He would wait outside in the hall and peer into the window waiting to sign him out early to go hunting. Or, he would be pacing in the hall waiting to see if I remembered to read the note that said “B” would be leaving early for “family reasons”. (His camo clothes were a dead giveaway). This dad was so excited to spend time with his son and show him the “ways of the woods”. Now, five years later, if you are ever stranded in the woods or happen to be in an episode of “Lost,” he is the guy you want to have with you. He was a fast learner in and out of the classroom.
All of this just made me think about the verse in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” “B’s” earthly father was showing him that he mattered to him, just as we matter to our heavenly Father. He wants so much to spend time with us if we would only let Him. I wonder how many times He waits for us to open our Bibles, come to Him in prayer, or just praise Him for the awesome things He has already done for us. We don’t even need a note or an excuse. We will never regret the time away from “class” or from our everyday tasks to just enjoy being in the presence of our Lord or our family.
Now for the rest of the story; I have since been blessed to become friends with “B’s” family. His dad still loves to spend time with him and his brother and sister. I am proud to say our freezer; thanks to “B” and his dad, is always full. It’s nice to remember your former teachers! Also, time spent with a loving father… priceless!
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