Miss Johnson had worked hard with her rural kindergarten students on exit skills. Though far from the sophistication of big city schools, the kindergarten/first grade children – five in all — did well.
The youngsters mastered their numbers to 100. They could count by twos, fives, and tens to 100. They could rattle off the months of the year in order. They used capital and small letters correctly in sentences. Now Miss Johnson was testing the kindergarten students’ skills in the days of the week in order.
“Boys and girls,” Miss Johnson began to her small group. “I want to hear how well you know the days of the week. Then you can tell about your favorite day and why you like it.”
Susie told the class she liked Saturday because she could play with the other ranch kids nearby. Carlie liked Fridays because her family went into town on the weekend to see uncles, aunts, and cousins. Eugenia liked Sundays because her mother curled her hair and the family went to church together.
When Miss Johnson was sure each of the twins mastered their days of the week in order, she noticed by their wiggles they could hardly wait their turn to share their favorite day of the week.
But when it was time for the twin boy students to answer, they didn’t name anything Monday through Sunday.
Together they answered, “Payday!”
“It’s better than any day of the week!” one twin added. Payday meant allowance, a trek to Grandma’s in town, and the toy store.
Just as the twin boys’ answer was a surprise to Miss Johnson, so God’s answers often come in an entirely different way. We may feel puzzled. Walking with the Lord shows us the way on His off-the-beaten path. We could feel lost at times. But He knows the destination. We may feel we are smart and have the answers ahead. But His wisdom spans time from the beginning through the end.
The Bible sums it up in these verses: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” [NIV: Proverbs 3:5-7]
The trek from Earth to Heaven is founded in His ways, His path, and His understanding. And trusting him provides mastery of the exit skills from Earth to Heaven.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]