Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. And I literally write it in 5 minutes. The prompt this week is … disagree.
This picture above is my first classroom teaching experience in Japan. In all of my life, I never thought this would ever happen to me. Why? I constantly ran from teaching.
I remember growing up I had this heart to be a teacher. I was the one who loved to gather her dolls and teach them a lesson. I loved being around children and enjoyed reading to them and playing with them. My first memory was picking up a baby. I loved all things children. I do not know when the feeling of being a doctor sneaked in, but it seemed much better than being a teacher. I disagreed with my heart and with my gifting. I wanted to love science and be a famous and rich doctor.
I was raised in a family of teachers. My relationship with them is pretty strained. I thought being a doctor was better than them. I did not understand the gifting that God had inside me to be a teacher. Something I ran away from for 10 years and then at age 29. One day I just stopped disagreeing with God. I started to seek his will for my life through fasting, reading the word and praying. Immediately everything fell into place for me. I found a school that helped me be passionate about teaching and then I went to graduate school to be a teacher. And I’m now approaching my tenth year of teaching.
Through fasting and praying I found that my trust in the Lord was not what I thought it was. I could not trust the qualities of being a teacher that he put inside of me. And I did not trust that he could turn me into a different type of teacher. I’ve had a colorful and incredible ten years of teaching. My teaching career is definitely unconventional and unreal when I share stories to others. I wonder what would’ve happened if I kept disagreeing with God about his plans for my life.
Recommendation: If you find that God is tugging your heart in a certain direction, trust his will for your life.
Proverbs 3:5–6–5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
What is an area of your life where you disagree with God? Today, make the choice to run towards him. Run towards his purpose and his order in your life.