And on the eighth day, God looked down on His world full of wisdom and said, “I need learners.” 

So God made a student.

God said, “I need little people to absorb all the knowledge of this world I’ve created, then pass that knowledge down to the next generation.”

So God made a student.

He said, “I need somebody to get up before dawn to pack a backpack of heavy books and a lunch ready to swap. Then, load a noisy school bus with other pupils eager to learn.”

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So God made a student.

“I need somebody with enough brainpower to study eight hours a day, five days a week. Somebody to work hard in the classroom, then play hard at recess. Someone who can throw a ball in P.E. second period, then play that majestic trumpet in fourth.”

So God made a student.

God needed somebody to keep the teachers on their toes. Somebody who could sharpen a pencil down to a nub, then use it to scribble notes to his neighbor. Someone to forget their name at the top of their paper time and time again. 

So God made a student. 

God said, “I need somebody willing to stay up all night to study for an exam only to fall short the next morning. Then, dry her eyes and simply say, ‘I’ll do better next time.’” 

So God made a student. 

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God had to have somebody willing to skip lunch to finish a homework assignment. And somebody who would put in an hour after school for extra credit. 

So God made a student.

God said, “I need somebody confident enough to ace a pop quiz, yet kind enough to help a classmate during group work.”

So God made a student.

God needed somebody to come home after a day full of activities and when asked “What did you do at school today?” simply laugh, sigh, and reply with smiling eyes, “I don’t know”.

So God made a student. 

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But mostly . . .

God needed somebody to love the teachers. And He needed somebody for the teachers to love.

So God made a student. 

Lindsay Meier

I am a farm wife, boy mom, and public preschool teacher in central Nebraska. I enjoy quiet walks with Jesus, date nights in the tractor with my husband, and playing in the dirt with my two sons.