March 22, 2018I had the particular joy today to stop by my daughter's school where she teaches Language Arts to 7th graders. I came during her 25 minute lunch break to bring her a sandwich and visit with her. She then asked me to stay to meet her class who she informed that if they got right to work on their first assignment then they would take a break and she would let them ask me some questions about her. Well, they all got really excited about the opportunity. We had fun for about 15 minutes while I fielded questions about my girl, Abbey. Oops, I mean Ms. Simmons! I told some funny stories about Abbey growing up and you could see the interest in their young faces trying to reconcile their perception of what Ms. Simmons was like with the stories I was telling about her. Afterward, as I drove away, I was thinking of the questions they had asked about Abbey. There were several questions that I think we all have had to deal with like 'What was an embarrassing moment?', 'Did she ever get detention?', 'Did she have a boyfriend?', or 'What was she good at?' etc.
However, one girl raised her hand and asked, "What was Ms. Simmons afraid of?". Wow, great question! So I shared what I thought were some of Abbey's fears. At a deeper level I think the question was generated from a young lady trying to process how to deal with her own fears. I think that’s a great question to ask ourselves. If we can’t or won’t identify our fears then we stay controlled by those fears and don’t move forward in our lives. So let me ask you, what are you afraid of? And if someone close to you had to answer that question for you, would your answers be the same?
“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life whom should I dread? Psalm 27:1