Thankful for Teachers of the Word

Throughout the last year, I have been participating in a Pastor’s Intensive Seminary class on the last Saturday of each month. A few months after we began, at the start of 2015, my life took a turn I did not anticipate. My circumstances necessitated my absence from the class in March, and I actually asked my pastor if he thought that I should bow out during this season. He looked at me, smiled, and said,“Nope. You don’t need to worry about what you missed, just jump in where we are the next time we meet.” Being afforded such grace, the class became a space of normality in my otherwise tumultuous world. Each time we gathered, we all were together for the same reason – to dig deeper in the word and know Him more. All else was set aside. It mattered not how we entered in, we were received and worked together to grow. Each of the three instructors was intentional, approachable, and shared the wisdom and insight that God had granted them to pass on.

I always thank my God for you because of the grace that He has given you through Christ Jesus. In Him you have been blessed in every way. You have been blessed in all your speaking and all your knowledge. – (1 Corinthians 1:4-5, ERV)

This verse has such significance in regard to the class. It perfectly expresses the truth about the instructors of our group, and how they willing shared that which God imparted to them.

Today will be our last class, as the decision was made that December is just too chaotic to attempt to coordinate calendars. Rather than our typical power point presentation of what we have learned, our assignment is to share how the class has impacted us. At first, my greatest concern was having to share out loud, however, when I was driving home yesterday, my heart and mind were flooded with the truth.

The greatest impact that the class has had on me, is not so much what was learned, as the space and grace that was given as we learned. As a student, I never missed a day of school from 7th through 12th grade. Also, I don’t ever recall having attended class without my homework complete and ready to go. For this class, I think I only will have attended 70% of our sessions. As for assignments, there was a time when I had done the wrong reading, a time I hadn’t finished the reading, and then many times that I was finishing the assignments in the early hours of the morning on the day that we were to meet. That being said, what I know to be true is that I am not the same person that began the class at the start of 2015. God has stretched, challenged, and refined me in ways I would have never imagined I’d have to go. As a result of the struggle, I know that I am stronger than I was ten months ago. My understanding of His grace and provision have multiplied. His faithfulness astounds me, and I am overwhelmed at the community in which I am securely planted.

I always thank God,The Power of the Tongue

for the gift of you;

the treasure you are,

as you teach us truth.

Blessings He’s given,

in wisdom and speech;

you never withhold,

but rather, you reach.

You reach with your hands,

your heart and your voice;

imparting to us,

the gift of our choice.

May blessings be poured,

upon you with grace;

you fight the good fight,

and run well, your race.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for those whom You have placed in positions to teach and grow us deeper in our knowledge of You and Your word. Thank You for blessing them with wisdom and grace so that they can clearly communicate Your heart to us, and challenge us to seek You for answers that we long to find. Thank You that we can rest in the comfort of knowing that You are in control for those questions that seem to not have certain answers. Forgive us for not seeking or for making assumptions. Teach us to trust You and to seek You more. Help us to love others well, so that they too would long to know more of You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we never stop seeking, listening and learning more of who You are and what You have done for us. Amen.

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

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19

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