Sorry it has been so long since my last blog; my days have been somewhat busy, with barely any time to write at all, or at least stop to think about what to write. I have a feeling this may be my last blog also, as next Friday I will be on my way back to Moorlands, and all the time in-between is pretty booked up. Within all my busyness, however, God has still spoken to me, He has still used me, and He has presented me with divine moments in time.
As some of you know, my heart is for those school children, for those people, who do not think they matter. It is for those who do not think they have the potential, those who are easily embarrassed, who have no self-confidence, and those who feel they have nothing to give. School is a time when children and young people go through such change and through many challenges. It is a time when anything or anyone can influence them negatively or positively, which can then stay with them for the rest of their lives.
This morning I was walking to a school I had not been to before for an assembly; I entered what I thought was the back entrance, and there was a girl walking just in front. I called to her and asked if I was in the right place. She consequently guided me to reception, but on the way she talked. In the brief 2 minute walk, I found out that she had just recently moved schools due to bullying, with being called 'ugly betty' due to her braces, glasses and black curly hair. She also told me about how much she loves this new school because everyone is friendly, the teachers clearly care and take note of her, and she has friends! I then went on to find out that the assembly was on labels and letting go of them, and it was for that girl's year, and she happened sit on the front row, right in the middle. I truly pray that this chance of a new school with much happier circumstances, and having that chance this morning to let go of her previous labels from the bullying at her last school, will impact her in such a positive way that it will stay with her for the rest of her life.
God has also been speaking to me about how it is not just that time during school, how big and important it is, but it can be anytime. I reckon most people in their lives have gone through a time when they do not feel like they have much to give, or when they just feel a bit useless, or even worthless. I know I have, even just during my short time here on placement, but today I read some of the Psalms and other verses on this subject, and I know I matter, I know you matter, I know everyone matters, because we all matter to God:
â€œWhat is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than angels and crowned them with glory and honour.â€ â€“ Psalm 8:4-5
â€œI praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.â€ â€“ Psalm 139:14
â€œFor I know the plans I have for you,â€ declares the Lord, â€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.â€ â€“ Jeremiah 29:11
â€œThe Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.â€ â€“ Zephaniah 3:17
â€œIf God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for us all â€“ how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?â€ â€“ Romans 8:31-32
I heard a story this morning about a child who was a bit of a rebel; he would not work in class, he would misbehave, he would hide from his teachers. A teacher tried many ways to help him and his behaviour, but none of them worked. Then one day this teacher overheard the boy saying to his friends that a while ago his father and sister were joking around with him, calling him rubbish and actually placed him in a rubbish bin and left him there for a while. Even though they were joking, this actually left the boy thinking that he was just a piece of rubbish. Upon hearing that every morning the teacher decided that she would greet this boy with, â€œIt is wonderful to see you today. You are a good boy.â€ From that day on, he changed, he started to do his work, he stopped hiding away, and he started to get along with others better in his class. All of that was due to the teacher showing him care and giving him hope that he does matter; what a change something as small as a few words can make.
Jesus gives us freedom, Jesus gives us hope, Jesus gives us a purpose, and Jesus loves us unconditionally. Whatever we go through, He is with us, however useless or unequipped we feel; â€œJesus looked at them and said, â€œWith man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.â€ â€œIf you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.â€ God does not call the equipped but He equips the called.