This is the day God has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. No matter what happens, God is in it and will pull us through.
As an early childhood teacher, I have very few rules in the classroom and those rules are mostly for safety. I just finished reading in the Old Testament book of Exodus about their rules. Most of the time we think about the Ten Commandments. Ten is a manageable number, easy to remember. But there was actually more to their rules than just ten. Some rules had “fine print” to read as well.
There were rules for slavery. If it was one way when the slavery work began, then it was to finish the same way, unless something else happened during the slavery work.
There were rules for fighting and different consequences, depending upon who was involved in the fight.
There were rules for theft and different consequences, depending on what was stolen and who was the thief.
My, my, my … Thank goodness we don’t have quite so many detailed rules in the 21st Century or our short-attention minds might not be able to handle it.
Life is hard but we must keep going and pressing on. Yes, that is easier said than done.
Look at Moses and Aaron in Exodus. God told them to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. God said he would show them each step to do it but Pharaoh would be stubborn, and yes, Pharaoah was stubborn and would not let the people go. Time after time, try after try, Moses and Aaron had to keep trying to get Pharaoh to let God’s people go free. What if they had just given up after the third or fourth try and said it’s not worth it?
God wouldn’t let them give up. He kept pushing with more commands and they kept trying until finally they succeeded and got out of Egypt.
Yes, life is hard but keep going; keep pressing on. God is there.
I recently finished reading the Book of Job, and I read an interesting point at the end of the book, end of chapter 42.
God blessed Job’s later life even more than his earlier life. In addition to his 7 sons, he also had 3 daughters of whom there was not a woman in that country as beautiful. Their father treated them as equals with their brothers, providing the same inheritance.
I found that to be an interesting point to note since Job is known to have been written around the time of Abraham in Genesis when females were not so much looked upon as male equals, as the males were the ones to carry on the family name.
I’ve heard one of my favorite authors, Len Sweet, use the phrase “It’s a Google world” many times. It definitely is a tech world. I have early childhood students in my classroom playing and working in the art center cutting paper and drawing pictures on paper. They fold the paper in half and stand one end up and say “look at my computer.”
To add to this Google world thought, I recently read a blog post describing how the church is like a rotary-dial phone in an iPhone world.
Almost everyone else has blogged about the 2009 inauguration of Barak Obama and Joe Biden, but no one else has this story. Read on…
In my 3-4 year old early childhood class yesterday we looked at a picture of the White House displayed on the side of one of the shelves in the classroom. We talked about the events in Washington, D.C., yesterday and that a new president would soon move into the White House. When asked the new president’s name who will now live there, one 3 year old friend quickly said “James Bond.”
Now how was I supposed to go on with the circle time current event discussion after that?
Another friend, a 4 year old, knew right away that wasn’t the correct answer and she said “Barak Obama.” Whew! Glad that was straightened out.