Life is an evolving classroom that never stops. It is full of wonder, awe, and examples of every metaphor conceived. The behavior of the students in this classroom is puzzling. Many have decided that they know all there is to know. I have not heard them state this specifically; however I can look at their behavior, choices, and decisions and see a pattern that appears frozen through their history. I watch and wonder how the lessons of yesterday seem unable to change the direction and momentum of their lives. Yet there are those who change by the day and even some by the hour and minute that cause me to stop and reflect.
How does one stay eternally focused on the future? How does one retain the excitement and enthusiasm that one finds in a child’s eyes? Is it possible to learn from yesterday in a way that builds hope for today and energy for tomorrow? Wisdom points out the irony found in places that would be difficult to anticipate.
“There are four small creatures, wisest of the wise they are—ants—frail as they are, get plenty of food in for the winter; marmots—vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes; locusts—leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment; lizards—easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards.” (Proverbs 30.24-27)
There is much to be learned in these ironies and I an encouraged by the examples of those who are doing just that. Taking the moments of unexpected mercy and love and in turn giving it away to others is the way of some who live in places where you least expect it; I find myself thinking differently as I watch. Understanding how people survive and reach out to others when life seems to be pushing them in the opposite direction is a life changing experience.
Life is full of teachers, many who are working for God to extend his arms of love, mercy, and hope. Today is an opportunity to enjoy learning.