I’m one of those people who want to see God and be able to explain Him through anything handy. In reading Pilgrim’s Progress years ago, I was captivated by many things, but in particular by “Interpreter.” A fire sparked in me yearning for the ability to use common surroundings to clarify the Person and truths of God. Some years back, I bought a ‘66 Mustang. One thing I prayed God would do is use it as a parable for me. And, He often did. In restoring “Vinny,” one thing I found is that I needed to replace the vintage headlights with a brighter set and realign them. Then I thought…
Headlights that are too dim or not aligned properly do not give a proper view of reality in the darkness. Likewise, our ‘lights’ may need adjusted. We and our students will have misperceptions at times; it’s part of the road-trip. But, if we are teachable, the solution will likely be a simple matter of adjusting the screws of an understanding of Scripture and/or the nature of God that’s a little off. God has spoken in every avenue of life, and it is up to us, as educators, to both follow Him on the tour and guide those in our charge to take in the treasures that await. How has God revealed Himself and His nature in your discipline? How can you help students to see that through the course of their time with you?
Scripture is key: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,”―Ps 119:105. Like Vinny, we need new headlights – new light in our head. We need Jesus, the Light of the World; and we need to walk in the path He lights for us. Are we trusting and following His light, or are we still driving by our own dim understanding of reality? Eph. 4:23 says, “…be renewed (restored) in the spirit of your mind.” Later, Eph. 5:8 & 11 points out that we “were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light…Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” We and our students may very well not be taking part in or promoting a Godless worldview, but are we exposing it for what it really is? Are we helping them to better navigate any darkness awaiting them in their field? We can drive in relative darkness with our lights off for a while, but a wreck is in the near future if we do. As Jesus might say, “No one turns on the headlights to shine them where no one will see it. No, they turn them on to better see the road and to be seen.”
Maybe ponder how, in light of a Christian worldview, are we to view aspects of our discipline. For example, since people are created in God’s image for sacred purposes, how can this change or inform how I view my students, clients, patients, etc.? Whereas God owns everything, and we are stewards entrusted with His creation, how might that inform treatment of resources in one’s field –be it environmental resources, time (mine and the organization’s), people in my charge, finances, knowledge, etc.? Since God is restoring all things, maybe we can challenge ourselves and our students to discern in measure how He has invited us to join with Him in that restorative process within the calling (and even in our day-to-day tasks) He has for us. How are we an agent of restoration for this student, client, etc., through this project, or event, or assignment?