Jeremiah 29:11 AMP
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
As a student and a person, I have come to understand that I learn best from visual aspects. I remember sitting in 11th grade American History and taking a test. I saw others looking around… thinking. I looked up and visualized my notebook…my notes written line for line. As looked up, I could read my notes, in my mind, and write the correct answer for each question. Not everyone learns like that.
A believer’s life is well seasoned with lessons and tests. Just as progression in a regular school system is gauged by performance on tests, so is spiritual progression. In order to grow in our faith, we have to advance in knowledge AND application of God’s Word. Lots of times, more often than not, a student may not pass the test the first time around, and a good teacher will go back and reteach the lesson, hopefully in a different manner.
As a teacher, my classes are filled with lots of individuals with specific needs and learning styles, who vary in age and ability level. I have to vary my instruction to provide for the student who needs hands-on learning (kinesthetic/tactile), or the who has to hear it (auditory), or even the one who needs visual displays (visual). Question: How does God speak to you? How does He present your lessons?
Many students have a need for a 504 plan; those who have a deficit, and need just a little help to get the lesson. Those students have accommodations such as extended time, repeated directions, small group testing, 1:1 teacher student instruction. Just think about it. Sometimes God allows us a little more time to get it right. Ever wonder why you have to go through a little longer than some around you? You may have an extended time accommodation in order to fully grasp the lesson that God is trying to teach you.
Sometimes God pulls you away from others, or others away from you, while you are testing. This is small group instruction. As you go through these tests of life, you’ll need small group testing. You’ll need fewer distractions, and that 1:1 Teacher/student ratio. Have you ever felt like you keep going through the same thing over and over? God is repeating directions, because you didn’t read them carefully and made some mistakes along the way.
God doesn’t want you to merely pass by the skin on your teeth; He wants you to pass with flying colors so that He knows you’re prepared to move on to the next level. So, the next time that you get frustrated with God, just know that it’s all a part of God’s individual lesson plan for His Purpose and Plan for your life!
A resident of Jonesville, LA, Iyna Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Grambling State University. She is a mother to 5 year old twinces (twin princes) and is currently in her 14th year as a public school teacher. Iyna is very active as a classroom and spiritual educator.
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