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I was surprised a few weeks before the school new year to get a call from the school board. It had been over two years since I had decided to give that fight to the Lord, and now they were calling me. I knew I had been right to give it to the Lord, but as I looked at the caller ID, I wondered if they wanted to talk to me out of guilt or something else.

 


 


 


 


 


 


Chapter Thirty Nine:


I was surprised a few weeks before the school new year to get a call from the school board. It had been over two years since I had decided to give that fight to the Lord, and now they were calling me. I knew I had been right to give it to the Lord, but as I looked at the caller ID, I wondered if they wanted to talk to me out of guilt or something else.


I really had to stop thinking like that. I had to believe that the Lord was going to use this to his glory, but would I be right to take the job if they offered it? I had been in the hospital a few weeks ago for a bed sore, that became infected, a pressure sore really.


Lord if they are calling to offer me a teaching postion give me the wisdom whether or not to take the position or not. Lord you know if I need to be teaching or if I need to just focus on my column and writing, impress it upon my heart as to what to do.


I finally picked up the phone, hearing about the job they offered, the Creative Writing Teacher who had taught before had enough, he could not handle the kids who sometimes got out of control. If I took the job I wondered if the kids in my class would feel as if they could walk all over me, because I was in a wheelchair. If I did take the job.


I promised I would get back to the Principal the following day, so it would give him time to find a new teacher for the creative writing class. I wanted to teach, but only if it was what the Lord wanted for me. I would be doing some serious praying until the following morning.


I was grateful for what the Lord had done in my life. I wanted this job, but I did not want to take it if it were not what the Lord had in plan for me. I knew I made more writing one column than I would working a month at the school, but that was not what this was about, this was about doing what was right, and doing what the Lord wanted me to do.


Lord you know I have been wanting this job for a long time, but I will not take this job if it is not what you have in store for me. If this is a door you have opened for me let me go through it, but if this is not something you want me to do, show me.


I decided to open my Bible to wear I was studying, Ephesians 2, hoping that I would get my answer.


Made Alive in Christ


1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


One in Christ


11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.


14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.


19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.


I felt the spirit of the Lord speak to me, telling me that I needed to take this job, at least I felt it was the spirit of the Lord. I prayed I was right, so when Mom got home I told her the news. I knew she would be worried, but she loved me and supported me in whatever I did.


“Be careful.” Was all Mom said. “I know you feel this is your calling but the school has had issues with trouble makers before, I could not bare to think of you being in a war zone again.”


“This is different than Iraq.” I said.


“I know honey, but a war is a war, and there a lot of rival gangs in that school. Lincoln is in the paper all the time, and the majority of it is not good.”


“That’s why they started the creative writing program a few years ago, to see if they could reach any of these kids.” I had heard of a few successes, kids who were told they had not potential going on to college. I wondered who had the right to tell any child they didn’t have any potential?


“I will be careful Mom.”


“Okay honey, you already know I am proud of you.”


“Thank you Mom, I appreciate that.”


“I love you honey, and if you feel this is what you need to do I am with you a hundered percent of the way. Just don’t get so busy you forget to take the time to be with the Lord.”


Thank you Lord for letting me have such a wonderful Mom, one who supports me even when she may not agree with all the decisions I make but she supports me Lord, and I appreciate that.


I felt at peace as if something was right, I was doing what the Lord wanted me to do, and what I had planned on doing over two years ago, teaching.


The next morning I called the Principal, and told him I was going to take the job. It was an answer to prayer. They were looking beyond my wheelchair, finally. I was grateful for that, and grateful that I was finally going to have a chance to try and reach these kids, maybe through example I could touch them, maybe I would be able to reach some of these kids who did not seem reachable. I was going to have to show these kids how to express themselves through words instead of through fists or weapons.





 









 


 


 



































 











 


 








 


 








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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/30/2007
Great story of a woman's passionate, unending faith. Very well penned, Michelle; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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