Our preschool director asked me if I would write an article for this blog and my first inclination was to say NO! However, I found myself saying “let me think about it” and I found myself thinking about “God at work” in our preschool. I often struggle with recognizing the everyday God at work because I’m looking for some big event to knock me off my feet. However as I reflect on our preschool and all of the people involved from coworkers and parents to the kids it becomes more clear that we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
The staff at our preschool /MDO has been pretty stable over the 16 years that I have been with the program. Yes, we have some turnover each year but the people I work with are like family to me – aunts, sisters, nieces – they are a supportive group of women that really do nurture each other and share everyday adventures. We’ve shared joys and struggles together and I could not ask for better coworkers! I have no family in the area so I’m going to give God the credit for putting all of these women in my lives!
Parents of our students are wonderful! It is often difficult for a parent to leave their child for the first time with teachers they really don’t know very well. I’ve often seen the “veteran” parent take them aside and tell them all will be well and they just need to leave and go about their day. In most cases, the parent has a harder time than the child! I’ve watched friendships bloom between the parents and they end up helping each other with carpools and having playdates or lunches. Last year we had a preschool mom taken too early from cancer and among all that sorrow I watched God at work as bake sales and raffles were held to help out. We have parents volunteer to go on field trips with us, help at holiday parties or even bring in a special snack. No matter how small the act, it does make a difference and it is God at work – we just need to take the time to recognize these blessings from God.
Let’s not forget the kids – they bring so much joy to our lives. I am fortunate enough to work with two different ages in our school and they both bring happiness to my life. One day a week I work with the youngest kids in our school and this can be as young as nine months. Watching these babies learn to crawl and then walk during the year is so exciting and the smiles of amazement on their faces when they master a new skill is priceless. I enjoy snuggles, reading books and singing songs with them – and I love giving their parents a chance to go off and run errands on their own without the hassle of car seats. I know that when my kids were this age, I always felt refreshed after those few hours away and ready to tackle the rest of the week. It is my hope that we are being the hands and feet of Jesus to both parents and kids on these days.
Three days a week, I work with the Senior preschool kids. This is such a fun age and these kids are capable of so much. Their enthusiasm is contagious and just listening to their stories will bring a smile to your heart. Some days they drive you a little crazy but it is a good crazy. It feels a little bittersweet at the end of each school year telling them good bye and you wonder what they will be doing in twenty years. We always ask them what they want to be when they grow up and the answers are quite varied – Stawberry Shortcake, fireman, Spiderman, doctor, singer, football player, dad, mom and the list goes on. I really would like to know what they career they choose! These kids are full of love and hugs are plentiful. They care about their classmates and can melt your heart with some of their actions. They are a true blessing from God!
Our preschool and MDO program is a great ministry to our community. Friendships are formed at both adult and kid level and we are all sharing the adventure together. I believe God is at work each and every day in our school. We just have to take the time to slow down and recognize the blessings we have been given.