The take off was
but I'm thankful for
a seatmate who talked me through it
a complete stranger
with a name that rhymed with mine
to remind me that with God
there are no coincidences
where we are
and even with a shaky take-off
our faith in Him promises a
"Light Bulb Moment"
(originally posted 10/30/13)
I was in the 3rd grade and had realized my mistake almost as soon as I had made it
My class was doing a science experiment with mini light bulbs
and as we prepared for recess our teacher reminded us...
"Be careful with your light. If you break it, you will not get another"
I heard him loud and clear
determined to be responsible
focused on being responsible
until it was time to go outside and play
and I quickly forgot about responsibility
I set the tiny bulb down onto my desk
as it rolled in slow motion off of my desk and onto the floor,
shattering into pieces
My heart sank and I looked around to see if anyone had noticed, but everyone
was already heading out of the classroom so I picked up my shattered pieces
and dropped them into the waste basket on my way out of the room
I was so distraught that I couldn't even enjoy the recess that I had so anticipated
and it must have been written all over my face because my best friend looked at me and asked
I told her everything, dramatically replaying the scene and expecting sympathy
But she wasn't moved
She just looked at me and said
"Tondra, it's Mr. Gagan... just ask for a new bulb"
"Oh yeah", I remembered and wondered what I had been so worried about
After all I had
the best teacher
who held my best interest
and a best friend to remind me...
that he wouldn't get mad at me
he couldn't get mad at me
I was eight and had simply made a mistake
"I'm sorry, I accidently dropped my light bulb"
He looked up at me, and in that defining moment, forever impacted
my future work with children
He simply handed me a new bulb with a smile and said "Be careful, okay?"
and that was it
None of those things
Just a smile... and a provision
So again, I ask for God's grace to...
hold onto my little light
it's what I've got
and I know
that I will not get another