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I Saw Jesus the First Week of School

Mrs. Jody Van Zee

I saw Jesus the first week of school…
He was running across the parking lot in a blue shirt.  He wasn’t thinking of himself, only how to be a servant when others are hurting so badly.  For just a minute he looked like our principal.  But it was Jesus, I could tell by the way he never looked back only forward thinking of the people who needed his help but not knowing what he would find.    
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
She was wearing a necklace that said, “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge.”  For just a minute she looked like Mrs. Veenstra.  But it was Jesus, I could tell by the way she gathered her students in her arms in pure love. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
She was in the office being the first person everyone sees as they enter school.  She was behind the scenes doing countless things to make this trauma easier for others.  For just a minute I thought it was Mrs. Vander Pol.  But it was Jesus, I could tell by the way she opened her arms and heart to whoever needed her. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
God woke her up at 3 a.m. to tell her to share a song with the staff and the entire school.  She obeyed and the song “Eye of the Storm” is being clung too.  For a minute I thought it looked like Mrs. Faller.  But it was Jesus, I could tell from the way she shared her heart and gave of herself to the people who needed her. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
They were in the Kindergarten room shielding our young students from things theirs eyes should never have to see.  For a minute I thought it looked like Mrs. Grosz and Mrs. Mitchell.  But it was Jesus, I could tell because they loved these kids even when the uncertainties outside were overtaking them. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
She was by Tiffany’s side.  She was helping make calls, giving hugs, and praying for the right words.  For a minute I thought it looked like Mrs. Middendorp.  But it was Jesus, I could tell because she was the friend Tiffany needed to stand by her side when her world was crashing around her. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
She was sitting in the lobby playing a guitar.  Children quietly gathered around her and joined her praising our awesome God.  For just a minute it looked like Ahna.  But it was Jesus, I could tell by her heavenly voice and the way the children gathered around her. 
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
He lined up pastors, talked at the assembly, shared his heart and was the encouragement everyone needed.  For a minute it looked like Mr. Mitchell.  But it was Jesus, I could tell because he was the rock we all looked to for direction in this unimaginable time of sorrow.
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
They gave of their time to come and talk with our students.  They might have not had the right words but they prayed with the kids to the Abba Daddy who did understand.  For a minute I thought it looked like our local pastors and counselors.  But it was Jesus, I could tell because they came with open arms and embraced the DCS family.
 
I saw Jesus the first week of school…
They mourned for their son, but rejoiced for the gift that they were given to be able to love him for 10 years.  They praised even during this storm.  For a minute I thought it looked like Curtis and Tiffany.  But it was Jesus, I could tell by the way they were a walking example of grace and unconditional love. 
 
I could continue this for a long time.  Listing all the ways that I saw Jesus and continue to see Him. 
But,I saw Jesus the first week of school…
In so many precious ways, through each of you.  You are not only my coworkers; you are my precious friends.  This past month we have held each other up, we supported each other with hugs.  We cried together, laughed at memories of Andrew together, and helped each walk through the eye of the storm.  
 
 I saw in each of you the hands and feet of Jesus.  And I have been blessed. 
Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
 
Galatians 2:20 says,
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”
 
It is a privilege to teach at DCS, where I can stand back and see Jesus working in so many countless ways.  I want to encourage you to continue being the hands and feet of Jesus, not only in our hurting DCS family, but to the people who don’t get the gift of walking thought these doors every day to work here in the midst of love and grace.  Expect more sweet friends, because we love and serve a great, big, huge, awesome and amazing God!
 
 
Mrs. Jody Van Zee

 

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