Years ago, after Superman was diagnosed with celiac disease but his health was not improving, I did something different for Lent. I committed to waking up at 4:30 every morning to pray for my sick husband’s health.
I recently went back and read through those prayers. They were desperate, raw, hopeful. It’s amazing how quickly we forget God’s faithfulness when things are going well. He answered my prayers a thousand times over.
But now, nearly a decade later, it’s time for me to pray for Superman again. As a teacher for 18 years, he has lived through quite a transformation in his classroom. And the transformation has been difficult. He used to have full autonomy to teach in the way he knows best: with humor, stories, and engagement with his students. He found great joy in dialogue with them, and would challenge them to always question the status quo.
But Superman is now expected to practically be a robot in the classroom. He’s expected to teach to the test, not engage in conversations about his personal life, and discourage any off-topic discussions.
My wonderful husband, who is an incredibly gifted teacher (someone who can make math interesting even for those who can’t stand the subject), is at a crossroads. Does he keep teaching, knowing that he cannot be effective in the way he once was? Or does he finally give up on the system and leave for a completely different profession? Or is there another option altogether?
As a wife, it tears me apart to see my husband so devastated by the state of our public education system. And it hurts even more to think that they may lose one of teaching’s very best.
Over the course of Lent this year, I will be getting up extra early (4:15 am!!) and praying that Superman has discernment, wisdom and supernatural insight into which direction to head. In fact, I’ll be praying for ALL of you teachers out there who are struggling with the bureacracy that teaching has in so many ways become.
In addition to this, I’m cutting out sugar since my mind thinks most clearly when I’m not eating it. =)
Are you doing anything for Lent?