I might not ordinarily post this on the blog, but since I had previously written about our school situation with Jacob (“The Sweetest Squeaky Wheel”) I thought it was only right to let you know how things turned out.
After two school board meetings, several parent meetings, countless phone calls and even more emails from me and other parents to the school system, it looked like we had finally hit the last dead end this past Friday. Jacob’s teacher had been forced to take a position at another school or potentially lose any choice in where she would teach next year. All of our pleas seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. We had been fighting this battle for five weeks and my wife and I both thought we had done everything we could think of to do. It seemed like we had lost and everything was a done deal.
But in addition to all the meetings, calls, and emails, there were also prayers going up from a lot of people during this five week struggle. Late on Friday afternoon, Jacob’s teacher had been in a meeting where school officials were telling her that she was going to another school and she needed to accept that and help the parents of her students accept it. My wife had talked to her after that meeting and it felt final. But we didn’t know that there was another meeting (or series of phone calls, we don’t know) going on at about the same time deciding that she would be allowed to stay at my son’s school. You see, in addition to all the meetings, calls, and emails, there were also prayers going up from a lot of people during this five week struggle. And the “prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV)
We were stunned when we got a phone call from Jacob’s teacher not more than an hour after we had talked to her about her meeting and she told us that everything had worked out and she was staying at our son’s school. I didn’t believe it completely until I got a call from the regional superintendent (at 6pm on a Friday night, no less) telling me the same thing. It was like after all of the time that we spent beating our heads into a brick wall, God stepped in and snapped His fingers and it was over. God fixed it. And He did it in a way that clearly let us know that it was Him that did it. I thought about God telling the Israelites as they fled from the Egyptians – I will fight for you.
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Ex. 14:13
My other thought was how humbled I am that God stepping in this way with a great blessing is not dependent on the level of my faith. As I looked back on the journey, I realized how much I was like the disciples in the boat during the storm, waking Jesus up and saying, “Don’t you care if we drown?!” Jesus got up, stopped the storm, and asked them, “Why are you so afraid?” (Matt. 8:26)
May the Lord increase my faith that I may trust Him even before He fixes the problem.