After the Flood

It’s raining, which in itself isn’t all that marvelous. It rains a lot in Houston, although more often than not, it doesn’t rain so much as spits at you. Dry ground, dry plants, and somehow you’re wet. It’s gross.

We don’t have that issue today, because a front is moving in and bringing cooler weather with a ton (metric) of rain. That means today is my first day as AP where I have to deal with “weather pick-up” in the afternoons (what happens when the kids can’t stand outside?), with traffic incidences (don’t know about other places, but Houstonians cannot handle driving in rain. Or sun. Basically, they can’t drive), and with increasing amounts of sick kids (at least four with the flu already, and they’re dropping like flies). It’s a bit chaotic, but certainly not the end of the world.

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed with the way things are today. You start to notice all the little things going on around you, and the big things, and then you turn on the local news, and read about the chaos abroad…and the next thing you know, you’re in a closet with a tinfoil hat and a baseball bat. As they say, when it rains, it pours, and globally it is POURING right now. Things are crazy.

My confidence comes from the fact that today will end one of two ways: either tomorrow comes or it doesn’t. It has nothing to do with my ability to manage carpool, defeat cancer, teach effectively, cook dinner, pray, change Declan’s diaper…nothing. I get the chance, when I wake up, to make the best of each day, and hopefully that includes managing carpool well, teaching effectively, cooking well for my family, and keeping my son warm/dry/happy. If I cure cancer, that’s a bonus. But if I don’t…if I make mistakes…tomorrow will come. And I’ll try again.

After the rains, the sun will shine, and then the cycle will start over again. The one constant in all this? Jesus. After the rains, before the rains, during sunshine or hailstorm (literally and figuratively), He is our Rock and our Redeemer. So don’t stress out about today…take refuge from the storm in His shelter and face tomorrow with the confidence He provides.

After all, its just a little rain.

Turning the Faucet Off

This semester brings an interesting new challenge for me: Apologetics. While you can debate the merits of teaching apologetics to high school students, regardless of how you fall on the issue I hope you agree with me on one thing: We’ve got to know more. We are a generation that doesn’t know the Bible, doesn’t know relationship, and doesn’t know our God. Instead of investing in a few solid relationships that can develop and grow, we have a few surface level interactions and social media, and we treat God the same way.

I warned my students in class yesterday that if they don’t talk/participate/push back, class with quickly devolve into me rambling for 45 minutes. I then proceeded to ramble for 45 minutes, which was what they deserved for not talking! This was after three classes of Physics, LC 10:10 where I talked the entire time, and it was followed by a Bible study at my house where it took us over an hour to get through less than half of Genesis.* ¬†Once I turned that faucet on and started talking, it was really hard to turn it off.

It’s not surprising though–I’ve always thrived and been filled through teaching and pouring out. Discussions in college over coffee or lunch, arguments in class, teaching here at Logos or Westbury or Sugar Grove…that’s my gift, for better or for worse, and its how I most closely interact with God. To my disservice, it’s also been forever since I’ve been able to do it with Him as the focus, and apparently I missed it. The issue wasn’t that I didn’t turn the faucet off, its that I let that pressure build up for so long that turning it off would have been dangerous.

Find your passion/calling, and don’t neglect it. Give in to God and revel in relationship with Him. Breathe deeply of the aroma of Christ, and let it soothe you.

And if God turns the faucet on, let it flow!

*I realize an hour in Genesis seems short, but we were summarizing chapters and (I thought) moving at a pretty good pace. We’re trying to cover the entire Bible in one night a week for just a few months, so speed is going to be important. Just reminds me how rich Genesis is and how much we have to learn from God’s plans.