Finish Strong

This is it.  The final push. The home stretch.  The longest four weeks of the entire school year… 
 
Between exhaustion and enthusiasm for the ensuing summer’s arrival, my classroom is commanded by chaos.  State testing complete, District assessments done, now it is my monumental task to attempt to keep kids invested in their academics for three more weeks.  More than them, I have to be completely committed to preparation, delivery and encouragement.  
 
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…’ (Colossians 3:23)
 
Right now, the exhaustion is encouraging my eyes to close and escape their function of focus.  Narcolepsy nears every time I sit down for more than a moment.  The perpetual battle of dizzying days is beginning to take its toll.  I long for escape.  A time completely free of responsibility and redirecting.  Sunshine, sand, silence – dreamy desires in the midst of the madness.  Though such reward may come my way one day, today is not that day.  My place is right here, right now – in the midst of madness.  To triumphantly traverse the task with tenacity, I need strength and endurance, hope and help.  He is my help in time of need.  He is more than able to provide all that I need to finish strong.  I want to work at it with all of my heart, for Him.  I long to look back and see triumph through trust, strength to stand, and the knowledge that I did my very best and beckoned Him to make me aware of His presence and His plan.
 
The race is long and the road is rough, but God is good and He will.  He will sustain me, He will encourage me, He will strengthen me, and He will see me through to day one-hundred eighty.  It is yet another opportunity to dig deep, trust big and finish strong.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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