The team and I were having lunch in the teacher's lounge when all of a sudden, in the next room over, I heard, "To God be the glory great things He has done!" Greatly surprised and curious, I glanced over my shoulder to see who had belted out the first line of a hymn in a public school.
It was one of the teachers!
Right after lunch, we had character lessons in her class, so I took the opportunity to mention her impromptu solo in passing. She smiled a little and said, "Oh, so you heard that?" And she shared a little about how some of her students were being difficult that day, and that was what triggered the song. My heart rejoiced that she would fall back on our great God when she was having a rough day with her class! Because, truly, everything should be for His glory. But because of where we currently were, it was not wise to continue the discussion. "With who you all are--we'll keep it between us," she concluded knowingly.
We do have godly men and women in our public schools. They are doing their best with what they have. And they need our prayers more than ever! Please keep our school teachers in mind as you pray for us, because they spend so much more time with the kids than we ever do. Pray that Christian teachers everywhere will hold onto God's bigger vision of why they were called into the field of education despite the difficult kids, long days, or the pressures of teaching. May God have the glory!
Psalms 18:49 - "Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto Thy name."