I grew up in the Seattle Washington area as a child. As a result I loved rainy days. My mom would make them special. My favorite aspects were, fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate and toast, scented candles and warm blankets. It wasn't until I became a teacher that my thoughts and feelings about rainy days morphed!
Recess duty on rainy or inclement days were a far cry from my childhood memories. It became abundantly clear that if I was going to survive this period that I could no longer make it about me. It was my time to step up and be focused on making rainy days special for my students. I discovered that the more effort I put into it the more I actually enjoyed it too! (Dodge ball in the classroom was my favorite at NCCS.)
Thank you mom for being my mentor and my example. Thank you for living selflessly. Not only on rainy days, but every day. You took the time to make even the toughest moments precious. You were never extravagant, we didn't have the money for that, but you were always intentional.
In this time of unprecedented world events I find myself having the same sinking feeling I experienced the first time I had inside recess duty. I am having trouble wrapping my head around the magnitude of the problem. However, I have been thinking this morning of how to make it not about me! Ultimately, people need to hear about Jesus and God's big love for them. After that they have real physical and emotional needs. So, I am going to be asking the Lord to help me be creative and intentional about loving other people! Rainy Day Recess Duty Style!
2 Timothy 4:5 But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.