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2nd Graders, Field Trips, and Jesus


 
“This way, kids. Stay with us.”
 
“Joshua… Joshua, this way, please.”
 
“Come on, Jasmine. Time to move on.”
 
 
Oh, the joys of chaperoning 2nd grade field trips.
 
 
We don’t have all 16! Where’s Samuel?!?!
 
 
Nine girls, seven boys. Nine girls, seven boys.
 
 
I felt like I was corralling them as we walked along—trying to catch glimpses of sharks, goliath groupers, and sea anemones along the way.
 
 
I wanted them to enjoy the aquarium to the fullest—protected, safe, without getting lost and scared.
 
 
I was there for them.
 
 
Dear one, Jesus is there for us too–except He’s not just a chaperone. He is The Great Shepherd.
 
 
“This way, Daphne. Stay with me.”
 
 
“Daphne… Daphne, this way, please.”
 
 
“Daphne, time to move on.”
 
 
He doesn’t want to spoil our fun. He loves us and wants us to enjoy life to the fullest. His boundaries protect us, keep us safe, and help us not to get lost or scared along the way.
 
 
We might want to go our own way—and many times we do, but Jesus comes back for us.
 

If a man has a hundred sheep but one of the sheep gets lost, he will leave the other ninety-nine on the hill and go to look for the lost sheep. (Matthew 18:11-14)
 

 
 
When we’re weak, tender, sick, burdened, or hurting, He gathers us in His arms. He carries us close to His heart. He gently leads us (Isaiah 40:11).
 

 
 

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At the end of the day, we made it back to school with all 16 kids. No major injuries–just a few cuts and scrapes along the way. I set boundaries–they felt loved. Some kids even fought to hold my hand.
 
 
“It’s my turn to hold her hand.”
 
 
“You already had a turn.”
 
 
“Mrs. T., when can I hold your hand?”
 
 
Dear one, hold Jesus’ hand. Stay within His boundaries. You will feel His love.
 
 
 
 
Come alongside… Have you ever been a chaperone? What was that like? Has anyone ever chaperoned you? How has God shepherded you? What is He trying to get across to you? Please share with us in the comments.
 
 


 

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6 Responses to 2nd Graders, Field Trips, and Jesus

  • Oh, the memories from my years of teaching and going on field trip with my primary aged students flooded in with this post, Daphne!

    I must admit I felt more like the shepherd at times, so responsible for each one. But I also agree with your message that our Shepherd feels that caring towards me, not wanting this journey to sideline me from His care.

    Thanks!
    L.
    Lynn Severance would like you to read…How Do I Sing a New Song – How Do I Learn the Lyrics?

    • Daphne says:

      Hi, Lynn!

      I’m sure you have lots of stories from your teaching years. 🙂

      Isn’t He so loving? Sometimes, we get sidelined, but He still loves us.

      Blessings!
      Daphne

  • Mimi says:

    Wow, that was such a great example! I always loved chaperoning and I love how it’s an example of how Christ “chaperones” us throughout our days, our lives! Amen!
    Mimi would like you to read…Travel Guide Partnerships

    • Daphne says:

      I’m loving it too, Mimi. 🙂

      My husband and I adopted our three kids last year. So I’m enjoying mommyhood, especially getting to my kiddos’ events, etc.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Daphne

  • I enjoyed this very much. Sorry I am just getting around to reading it. It always works out better for me when I go to the Lord as a child and not an adult. Seems as an adult, I want to take my learning and life experience into a conversation with God and he can teach me so much more than man ever can and outside the box. Plus he teaches with love and with my best in his mind. Thank you for sharing.

    • Daphne says:

      Absolutely, Brenda!

      He does teach us more inside His care! Isn’t He lovely that way? Like James says, He doesn’t condemn us when we ask for help. He welcomes us and instructs us in the way we should go.

      Blessings,
      Daphne

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