By Peggy White, Author, BOEC Coach, Educator Extraordinaire
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Did you ever wake up in the night wondering where you were? Your mind searching frantically for an anchor to give you a clue? Then once you remembered you were at Grandma’s or on vacation, you were at peace. That is our condition now, searching for something familiar, searching for an anchor to fasten our sense of well-being. We’re trying to understand where we are and what’s happening to us. But there is no anchor in the physical realm. Our only Anchor is in the supernatural realm. That’s why we’re experiencing things we don’t understand and can’t explain. We are living in the exceedingly abundantly more than we can imagine realm.
What do we do when we physical beings are thrust into a supernatural landscape? We press on toward the goal, the upward call.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
Let’s break this verse down:
The great cloud of witnesses. The great cloud are heroes of the Bible, but I believe it’s also others who have gone before us. Revelations 5:8 talks about angels who hold golden bowls which are the prayers of God’s people. Think of all the prayers that have been prayed over you and your school. Some of those prayers have been held for such a time as this. Prayers to sustain you.
Lay aside encumbrance and sin. It isn’t sin that entangles us right now, it’s encumbrance. Encumbrance is a weight or burden. You’ve laid aside the tried and true ways you teach. Those ways are now encumbrance. You mourn the loss of them. You’ve put aside nearly everything that makes teaching satisfying, including the kids. Most of what you enjoy about teaching has been set aside.
Run with endurance. Having laid aside what you love about teaching, you now press on with endurance. You learn technology you never imagined using day to day. Then you teach that technology to not only students, but to parents, and heaven forbid, grandparents. You sacrifice the fun parts of the end of year, but you persevere, you endure, you press on because you are a professional, called by God and anointed. You have an Elijah anointing, a double portion anointing because one portion would not be enough for such a time as this.
The race that’s set before you.
Have you ever dined at someone’s home and they set a plate before you filled with things you don’t like? It’s not pleasant but your momma raised you right, so you fork it down. That’s the kind of race set before you this year. The kind where you go in and clean out your room without a good-bye. It’s a race where the track is unfamiliar, and you can’t see around the bend. You have a sense of unrest. But you run the race set before you: Laying aside the familiar, enduring, and counting on the prayers of those who have gone before you… prayers held in bowls until now, enabling you to run today.
The other day, I asked the Lord, “Why do we have such a feeling of unrest when it’s obvious your Spirit is moving mightily in us?” Here’s the example He gave me: When we have a cavity in a tooth, we go to the dentist and he scrapes and cleans and drills away the decay. During that process we feel uneasy. Then he fills the cleaned-out hole with strong stuff. The Lord is removing decay from us and that’s unsettling but He’s also filling us and doing a work in us that we don’t fully understand.
So how do you survive this season? You monitor and adjust. You press on. And you run the race toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.