It is a little harder for me. I look at the woods and all those trees and I think, which way should I go? There is no way I can make it through all those trees. I cannot find a path. Then I find a little opening and take a step into the woods. I am not exactly sure which is the best path or where I am going to end up, but one step at a time, I make my way. Gradually, I make a path following the natural openings between the trees. I may need to duck down to avoid some branches or push some out of the way, but I continue on my way and eventually make it back out of the woods.
At the beginning of each school year, I have a plan for what I will do... a path to follow. I like my plan. I know how it works; I have tried it before. Others have gone down the path before; I know where I will end up. However, each school year, I find myself veering off the path and following the needs of my students. This year is no different. We have already darted off the path and investigated new projects and ideas.
We are now at the beginning of a new semester.. we have been walking awhile. I feel a little like I am at the woods. Looking ahead, I wonder how I will ever make it through. I don't see a clear path. I know where we need to go but am not sure about the best path to take. However, I know that I have a God who will help me through the woods. I will take one step at a time and know that God will guide me. It amazes me over and over that even when I am not sure which way to go, he always does. He is always by my side.
As we continue on this third grade walk, I am looking forward to see where God will take us. We have lots more curriculum to explore and projects to do. We also have lots more to learn about God's world and about ourselves. My prayer is that I will trust God each day to be my guide and keep on walking.