The Greatest Learning Experience
I don’t love learning. That might sound strange, but it’s not something that comes easy to me. I was so glad to be finished with school and get my degree. The thought was never on my mind to pursue a master’s degree and more schooling was nowhere on my radar. I admire so many who continue school after receiving their undergraduate degree, but that was and will never be me.
As I was reading something the other day, I couldn’t help but think of God’s role as our teacher. He addresses this over and over in scripture. Teacher is not only who Jesus is, but it’s what he does. His ministry involved him teaching, preaching and healing. Matthew 4:23 says, “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”
I got to thinking about all the years I spent in school, and reflecting on how I learned best. Even though everyone will come up with a different answer, most people will agree that hands-on experiences are one of the best ways to learn. At least that holds true for me. I could read a textbook all day, but something clicks in my brain when I get to visualize, act, demonstrate, build or experience the very thing I am trying to learn. For example, I could read all day about how Microsoft Excel works, but until I get on a computer and start playing around and navigating it myself, the textbook isn’t going to do much good for me.
So where am I going with all this? When I think of the greatest learning experience I think of the experience of knowing God more. Most importantly, to know God you need to study his Word. He is the Word and if you want a relationship with him it’s imperative that you read it. But there has to be more right? What might a person experience that would help them know God more?
Hardships. Trials. Difficulties. Heartaches. Struggles. Storms. Tribulations. Darkness. Conflicts. Brokenness
God gives his children one of the greatest learning experiences by taking them through the storms. He offers hands-on experiences so that you can get to know him more. Is that always fun? Well of course not! But, you are given the opportunity to not only know Jesus more, but become more like him too. Yes, you will get to know him through his Word, just as you would learn about Microsoft Excel by reading a textbook. But another way to get to know even more of him? It’s when you are so broken, so hurt, so lost and so weary. It’s in those dark moments when you realize not only is Jesus all you have, but he is all you need.
Every new experience sets you up for a deeper relationship with Christ.
Embrace the greatest learning experience of all. It might not always be easy, but for me, neither was school. However, I kept my eye on the prize and in the end, I received my diploma and was gifted a career. If you submit your life to Christ, no matter what comes your way, in the end, you will look more like Jesus. Remember you have the greatest teacher of all, Jesus, to guide you every step of the way. And when you come out on the other side of your trial, you will realize it was worth going through what might have been the hardest season of your life, but at the same time, the greatest season of your life, for he gave you the opportunity to know him on a more intimate level than ever before.