Glimpse from Mrs. Obbink: Tear-filled Eyes
When I saw her, her eyes were filled to the brim with tears. The kind of tears that dripped one at a time and slid quietly and profoundly down her face. Soon the heartbreaking tears were alternatively paired with small sobs. In her hand, she clutched a piece of treasured paper. It was easy to see that the paper was loved because of the deep wrinkles, the smudged print, and the colorful hearts.
Why the tears? A sob revealed that it was a sliver. Her first sliver. As we talked about what to do, her other hand clutched the paper even more dearly. What enchantment did this paper hold? After the tears were wiped away and the Snoopy band aid was gently placed, I asked if I could see her mystery paper. To my surprise, it was a thank you note addressed to her and written by her beloved teacher. She said, "My teacher gave it to me, and I love her."
Well loved! She was responding to the love and support that she receives at school from her teacher, Mrs. Hughes.
Why is this moment so special? It reminded me of two things. First, that it is a privilege to work alongside of Mrs. Hughes. She exemplifies the love of Christ. She is always cheerful and full of love. She is supportive, hardworking, and dedicated to God and sharing His profound love. Her sense of humor makes her fun to be around! Many of our current and former students look up to and have fond memories of their time at MCS with Mrs. Hughes.
This same sweet girl brought flowers today for her teacher. "Because Mrs. Hughes' favorite friend died." (More about Miss Mary next week.)
Secondly, this sweet child, her lovely teacher, and the note reminded me of the words in 1 John 3:1-3 - "
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
Embracing these words and emulating the example above, I want to encourage each of us that our Bibles need to look like her note
. Deep wrinkles from years of reading. Little notes like colorful hearts that dot the pages and remind us of God's goodness and mercy. And when our hearts ache, God's Word can hold every tear. God's words comfort, encourage, remind, and clarify what is important. Thank you, Mrs. Hughes and Emersyn, for this reminder. Great is His faithfulness!