More on Substitutes
School started last week for one of my clients. Everything should be humming along now, right? Well, almost. He starts the year with a substitute! His English teacher is on maternity leave.
There are two ways of looking at the situation: 1) the substitute may be easier than the regular teacher and the students will like that or 2) the substitute may not care because she does not have long-range plans. Somehow, I think this sub is going to do a good job. Time will tell. She is plunging right in with literature that is challenging.
It reminded me of 1968 when a substitute had to start my school year for me. I was recovering from a surgery that was of utmost importance in early August. For the first three weeks, a substitute started my year. She was a motherly sort of person, not an educator at heart, and when I arrived on the scene, we had a bit of catching up to do and I distinctly remember seeing little faces getting very serious. Miss Wegner made them print inside the lines!
When it comes to the Christian walk, we often count on a substitute. Have you ever heard a preacher or teacher advise that when Satan knocks on the door, send Jesus to answer it? It came to me that I count on Jesus to take my place many times and of all things, I take it for granted! When I call out, “Jesus this is too difficult for me, can you do it?” it is then that I am sending for the substitute. Best of all, I never have to “clean up” after Him. His ways are perfect.
Now, one other thing: I ran out of allspice and found that a dinky little can costs 4.39! So, I found a substitute: To equal 1 tsp of allspice, use 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp of cloves. Yes, I was making my Oatmeal Fiber Bars. Now you know.