I taught school for 7 years – 2 years of 1st grade and 5 years as a 3rd grade teacher. I graduated with a double degree in elementary and special education putting me in a unique position for being able to teach both. The school district in an effort to provide an education to all students hired me to be a mainstream teacher for students who barely qualified for the regular classroom (slow learners they called them then.) or ones that qualified for a special classroom but their parents wanted them kept in a regular classroom. My classroom was a unique environment and I had to pull out unusual and different teaching methods in order to teach the students. I knew that at the end of the year, the students would be taking national evaluations and my class had to pass or it wouldn’t look good for me as their teacher. I worked hard but my training taught me that we all can learn, we just don’t learn in the same way or at the same pace.

At various times throughout the year the principal would come in and observe and I knew he was saw methods that he probably wasn’t seeing in other classrooms. My students always ended up doing well on those national tests so I continued to get hired each year which was always the best final evaluation for me.

In December each year we have to face the truth. What have I done? What have I accomplished? What could I do better? God is our great teacher. He has unique and different methods in how He wants us to learn and grow and He keeps at it until we get it.

This year I want you to take a unique approach to those questions. Start first with evaluating your trust in God and if it has grown and brought you to glory to Him rather than yourself. Don’t evaluate how much you have done, how much money you have made, or how much the company has grown but how much you have trusted Him, seen your relationship with Him developed, and how much other people see Jesus in you. How much trust equity have you attained this year?

God made that plain to Martha when she was so distraught over her brother’s death and how Jesus had failed to arrive in time to heal him. Jesus, the master teacher, didn’t want Lazarus healed, He wanted him raised from the dead.. This was a new unique lesson that Jesus was teaching His followers and one their human minds had never dreamed possible. It was a lesson in unfailing and unuttered trust of no questioning, no what if, but, or why. It was a knowledge of the power of God.

What didn’t you do this year because you were afraid or intimidated? Don’t miss your miracle in 2015. God is waiting to teach you something that is beyond your comprehension and more than you ever dreamed possible. Trust Him – pass the test.

John 11 40 “Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’”