I have to be honest: teaching middle school isn't exactly my favorite assignment. Last summer, God decided to have a humorous moment. Our new principal offered me a part-time teaching position in middle school social studies. As I wavered, Tom reminded me that I need a new car, and the additional income would come in handy.
By the last quarter of school, I thought we might be turning the corner. By the last month of school, I thought we had finally begun building trust. And maybe we had to a certain extent.
Unsure of what to expect at my first parochial graduation, my gorgeous 7th grade girls totally rocked my world before I could even get in the door. Could these be the same girls I'd seen in class earlier in the day? In a few short hours they had transformed from rambunctious adolescents into beautiful young women.
The surprises were just beginning. On the last day, at our school talent show, several students dazzled the audience, including Marie. Isn't she beautiful! I had no idea she was a dancer. It never occurred to me that this very quiet, hearing impaired student had found her expression in such an unlikely way.
Why didn't I know that she was a dancer? Had I been so entrenched in covering the material and posting grades that I had missed one of the loveliest parts of Marie. It was all I could to not weep openly during her performance.
Are there people in your world who don't seem to have a clue about you? Does it sometimes feel like they don't even see you? Dear Reader, there are still times when I allow my feelings to be hurt because someone doesn't seem to have any idea about the "real me", or care about getting to know me.
But God is SO good, all the time! We don't have to worry about if or how others perceive us. We can be confident that God knows us inside and out, AND, He still loves us! I love the way The Message describes God's understanding of each one of us:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
(Psalm 139:13-16 MSG)