The Calm after the Storm

Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

I always wanted to be a teacher. I don’t ever remember wanting to be anything else in life. Very rarely are we blessed enough to know our vocation early in life. After completing my B. Ed, I applied for a job in several schools, but everywhere I went, they turned me down. I began praying earnestly for a good job and finally cleared an interview for a temporary post of 6 months at a Government school. Little did I know, the raw, naive me, had stepped into the “BIG BAD WORLD” as they all call it.

On my very first day, I was made class teacher of the worst class in the school. During my break, I went to the staff room hoping to vent out my frustration and ask questions about the working of the school, but I was completely ignored. They all had their groups and I was forced to sit alone, everyday for 2 whole months. NOBODY spoke to me. In contrast to me being surrounded by lively friends, this place was like a prison. I tried getting answers on my own but to no avail. Finally in desperation, I approached my co-teacher but she curtly replied, “Don’t ask me, I don’t know anything“. I realised they were afraid of being quoted. The teachers were really nice people but badly treated and desperate for this job. After 3 months I grew depressed, frustrated, angry and lonely. Being the social butterfly that I was, this was utter torture. At that point, for the first time in my life, I thought that maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a teacher. It was a nightmare! My social life was relatively nonexistent, as every evening I had to sit by myself and plan out the next day’s lessons. I somehow managed to complete the term of 6 months. I was immediately offered a permanent job there which I however rejected since I was fed up with the functioning of the school.

I had absolutely no other alternate job in hand and I had just given up the offer of a ‘government‘ job.
However, as I spent time in prayer, I felt the Lord telling me to trust in Him and that He would work things out in my favour.

A year down the line, I got a job in Sharda Mandir school, Miramar. I LOVE MY JOB. It’s a private school, pays less than the government ones, has double the work and really high performance standards, but I love it! The staff, the students and everyone treat me with respect. Before I ask for help, my questions are answered. I bonded so well with my co teachers that we are like family now.

I believe that the Lord permitted me to go through the struggle at my first job in order to make me stronger and to build up my faith.

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3 Responses to The Calm after the Storm

  1. Wow.. He makes all things beautiful in His time! For so many people like myself who are struggling or waiting for a breakthrough, your sharing really hits home. It’s so important for us, instead of sulking, to praise God in the situation we are in so that He can prune us for the great things that lie ahead.

  2. At times it gets so easy to give up but it’s wonderful how the Lord’s promise for hope and a future keeps us going. Ur message is bang on :He will calm our storm soon too 🙂