Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6
Our financial situation was so strained when Jonathan started kindergarten in a private church school I went back to work part-time. The commute was an hour both ways and the competitive nature of the other Registered Record Administrators (RRA) was difficult, not to mention the learning curve of a new job. I had resigned when I was seven months along with Bobby.
Jonathan’s teacher was Mrs. Armstrong and he seemed okay with the first day as he slid into the front seat of the car. He told me later that Mrs. Armstrong really didn’t have strong arms and was genuinely relieved! Children’s thinking is so literal at that age, I rationalized. It had only been a few months when Jon’s teacher approached me one day to talk about some odd behavior she had seen in him. I was shocked and had no explanation. He had always been a solitary player in pre-school but no one saw that as odd. But there was no pressure to perform, time limitations, comparison to other children, competition, and social interaction. All of this was new to Jonathan and it seemed to unreasonably terrify him.
Jonathan would hide behind the bookcase and hope Mrs. Armstrong didn’t see him. I had noticed that one week his work would look like a pre-schooler had done it and the next it would look like a fourth grader had completed it. Mrs. Armstrong was very kind and just coped with Jon’s behavior of not being able to stay in his seat or complete assignments. I knew how bright Jonathan was, so what was the problem? At the end of the year I was summarily warned about the first grade teacher, Mrs. Black, more clouds were gathering.
Prayer: Lord, do you allow confusion to warn us of problems we did not know existed?
Thought: We can cry out to God for wisdom and understanding. He can handle our concern and provide peace despite the circumstances.