As I reflect on the past week, I find that I am most thankful for a really wonderful day on Saturday — it was truly delightful!
You see, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop featuring a teacher I greatly admired (who is considered to be major leader in his field) and I had a wonderful time learning and connecting with the other attendees as well.
I am still quite amazed by everything; after all, this teacher is lives in England, and I never imagined that I would ever meet him in person and learn from him in real time.
It’s funny how God works sometimes. Quite unexpectedly (some might say “by chance,” but I don’t believe in coincidence), this instructor just happened to be in the area — no more than a stone’s throw (perhaps about twenty minutes at the most?) away. So I of course jumped at the opportunity to attend the session on Saturday.
Further, for some reason, the teacher took a shine to me (I was the only student in the room still in the certification program — everyone else had been certified long ago, and had been teaching for awhile), and actually put me on the spot more than once to see what I really knew. I know that it may sound a little rough, but honestly it was done in a kind way. After all, the only way to grow as a teacher is by practice.
In one memorable instance, I was called to the front of the room to lead a brief sample teaching segment while everyone else watched — and it all happened so quickly that I didn’t have the time to worry about it. So up I went, and God was faithful! I apparently performed well, as the presenter wanted to know who was training and mentoring me. And the ironic thing is that no one has been mentoring me – outside of the Lord’s guidance and the hundreds of hours of independent observation I have done for the past eighteen months, there really has been no one showing me what to do.
So anyway, after the day’s events ended, I thanked the teacher for taking the time to travel out this way. It truly was a wonderful experience from beginning to end, and I left there feeling the happiest and most joyful I have felt in a very long time! I was reminded about how much I enjoy learning for its own sake, and felt inspired to complete my certification program (in the home stretch!).
I’m not sure if I will ever see the teacher from England again – then again, if the Lord could so orchestrate the events of my life (and his) so that we had the opportunity to meet in such an unexpected way, then I certainly hope that He will do it again! Either way, I saw God’s hand in everything that happened this past weekend, and I am grateful. 🧡
Have a wonderful week!