Out of My Element

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9

Time Lab VBS

About six weeks ago a friend asked me of I was going to help with Vacation Bible School. Without hesitation, I answered, “no”, having already made my mind up about this. About three weeks later, I experienced that little “niggling,” that VBS was for me. I thought I should help in a classroom; what was I thinking? Working with children feels unnatural for me; there I said it! It did not feel this way when the children were my own. I knew them so I knew how to relate reasonably well. As the days drew nearer, I was not panicked, but apprehensive. You know the feeling when you are out of your comfort zone, when you are out of your element. I prayed for the week and I encouraged myself. I already knew that I could do anything for a week. 

The first night of VBS, I accepted a request to teach 2 nights. How difficult could it be to teach stories to 7 to 9 year old girls? I knew the stories well. I spent hours in prayer and preparation, but never really felt comfortable. The first night, I stumbled with the materials, even the story. During VBS, the stories are told in a fun way and in a leading way, each night the same way for every age group. Each day, everyone has learned the same concepts, all intended to bring the child to Jesus Christ. My first night teaching was Wednesday, the third night. Our lead teacher, Mrs. Fahringer, had begun laying the foundation from the Old Testament. As I neared the end of the lesson, I noticed the faces of the girls, enthusiasm, with attentiveness. Their faces told me that they wanted more.

Before the week ended, I was able to speak to and pray with six of the girls, each expressing certain desire for the Saviour they knew they needed. Four of them specifically added that they wanted to know more about Him. What a privilege for me to be able to harvest what had been planted and watered with love before. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7)  Each young lady knew of Jesus; this was obvious, but this week, they were born again into the family of God. Adopted forever. 

Yes; I was glad when the week ended for me. I still feel uncomfortable with teaching children and I do not look forward to my next opportunity, but I can tell you this: if you prepare as well as you can, God may not take away the nervousness but you will get the job done. There is a different sense of accomplishment in doing something that does not come “naturally”.  I recognized that God stepped in and worked through me, teaching both girls and teacher. What we learned was in some ways, different, but fundamentally, we all learned to trust Christ. It is not about our performance, but our faithfulness, and that my sisters, begins with willingness!

It is critical to teach a child.

If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to. (Unknown origin, but repeated throughout time.)