So I was substituting the other day. I was at an elementary school for a Resource Teacher. This particular teacher goes into a 3rd grade classroom and helps three children who need extra assistance keeping up with the rest of the children.
Out of the corner of my eye I kept noticing one little girl. She was watching me. Everytime I would turn towards her to make eye contact she would shyly turn her eyes away from me. I have no idea what was going through her cute little head. A couple of hours into my time there I was sitting at a table in the back of the room helping a boy read the directions to a math problem. This little girl came and just stood in the small space between the boy and I and listened. She waited till I finished. Then in the quietest voice asked me a question. She just needed confirmation that she understood and was doing the problem right. I confirmed she was with a nod and a smile. Then to my surprise, she gave me a hug and walked quickly back to her seat to sit down.
The rest of the afternoon she no longer avoided eye contact with me. That little girl made my afternoon all worth while.
I make it a point before I enter a school to pray that God will use me somehow. Some days it seems that God is aware that I need to be encouraged as well. I'm learning to marvel at how beautiful even a brief relationship can be.