For a teacher, one of the major perks is being able to take two months off from work. Being a teacher is a very intensive job that requires way more than 40 hours a week to be successful. In a normal week during the school year I spend about 9 hours a day in the school house. I typically do not get a lunch break and my planning time is often spent in meetings. I also put in about an hour or more at home each night. So when summer comes, I can relax and recharge. This school that did not work out according to plan. We had a lot of unexpected expensive come up over the year, and I did not quiet have enough saved up for the summer. So I had to teach summer school this year. While on the surface it seemed like it was an epic bummer, in the end it has served up a few extra blessings. The first is the obvious, I was able to make enough money to keep the lights on. The second is I was able to work with teachers from other schools, and gain new ideas for how to meet the needs of struggling students. The third is picture you see above. One of the nice things about teaching summer school is you get to keep most of the materials. In the end, I estimate I received over $600 in materials that I can use next school year. Often we see a something as a curse, but in the end it turned out to be a blessing. Joseph when confronting his brothers in Genesis said this:
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20 (NLT)
Earlier in Genesis, Joseph’s brothers became jealous of the favor he had received from their father, and decided to through him in a pit. They eventually sold him into slavery, and by a series of God ordained events he became the prime minister of Egypt. The end result being he was able to save several nations from starvation and death. There is are things in our lives that might seem evil, but God can use them for good if we let Him. .
We need the past to remind us of all the great things God has done for us. Check out this post to see how the past helps us.