Thought for the week 31/5/20

Many of you who are reading this will know that I like a good plan.  It has been said that I’m a bit of a control freak.  Can’t imagine why!   I’ve always been quite good at planning but it sometimes gets a bit frustrating when the plan doesn’t work out.

I did my first teaching practice in 1975 in a secondary school in Staines, Surrey.  My supervisor was very complimentary about my teaching plans and things were going really well.  What I hadn’t taken into account was ‘ROSLA’.  For those who don’t go back that far ROSLA stands for ‘Raising of the School Leaving Age’.  The government of the time had decreed that all young people should remain at school for an extra year until the age of 16 years.  My timetable included some teaching in the workshop in the ROSLA Block’ which was a separate block located behind the school canteen and as far away from the main school building as possible.  I planned my first lesson to the tiniest detail and arrived at the workshop feeling like ‘Superteacher’ ready for anything that came my way.  Perhaps some time I’ll give you a much fuller account of the lesson.  Needless to say the young people, who really didn’t want to be there, had very different ideas than those included in my teaching plan!

In this time of uncertainty many of us will have seen the plans we had for this year change.  We might have been forced to delay a holiday or a family celebration or something else.  Some people have been affected far more than others.  Our government appears to be making plans which change on a daily basis!

As a young boy I belonged to a Christian organisation called the ‘Covenanters’.  We used to meet for all sorts of fun and games during the week and for a more formal Bible class on a Sunday afternoon at 3.00 p.m.  Each week we would start our meeting by singing the ‘Covenanter Chorus’ which I can still remember word for word.  It goes like this:

 Be thou strong and very courageous

For I have commanded thee

Be not afraid

Be not dismayed

Thou shalt have victory

I will be with you whatever be ‘tide

Captain and Leader

Friend and Guide

When our plans change or are changed for us we should remember that there is only one plan that matters - Gods plan!

Try not to be afraid or dismayed because Gods plan is perfect and will see us through this period of time.

Joshua 1v9:  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


Dave Tofts

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