The Australian Schoolteacher
By Harold Klemp
A teacher in Australia had finished a particularly rough day with her students. She taught French to children ages seven or eight. Because it was hot they were unruly that day, and she couldn’t do anything to maintain order in the classroom.
A citywide train strike was on that week. Instead of taking a ten-minute train ride home, after school let out that evening the teacher had to get on the bus and ride for several hours. The buses were very overcrowded because of the strike, and there was no air conditioning.
Sitting near the front of the bus, the woman mulled over what had happened during the day. Inwardly she seethed. How difficult the children had been! Her thoughts went round and round as she got angrier.
Suddenly the bus driver’s radio crackled as a communication came through. Another driver was calling the command center. “The needle on my heat gauge is going up and up,” he said. “What do I do?”
The command center radioed back: “Is it in the yellow or the red zone of the heat gauge?” Over the radio came the answer: “It’s in the red.” “Well, slow down,” the voice said, “so the bus can cool off.”
The ECK, or Holy Spirit, was sending a message to the teacher through the Golden-tongued Wisdom: “Hey, cool down, take it easy. The students were unruly because it was a hot day. And you’re going to need more patience to get through the rest of it.” She didn’t get the message, though.
A little bit later, the bus arrived at a corner. The driver was driving pretty quickly, trying to make up time. But three students were standing out in the street, so the bus had to slow down as it swung around the corner. “Some people won’t move even if you drive over their toes,” the driver grumbled. He stopped the bus and gestured to the students, who stepped back onto the curb. Then the bus took off.
Again the ECK was telling her, “Give up your anger of the day. Back off. Let it go. Leave it in the classroom; don’t carry it home with you.” But she still couldn’t hear it.
When the bus driver put on his right-turn signal and began to make a right turn, a car came up on the right side and tried to squeeze past. The driver of the bus and the driver of the car both stopped. The bus driver leaned out the window. “You’ve got to be joking,” he said to the driver of the car. “Can’t you see the signal?”
Finally the ECK teacher got the message. “You’ve got to be joking; can’t you see the signals?” the ECK was saying to her.
This is a very simple example of the waking dream. This sort of experience goes on in your life every day. These things pop up to help you through your day, through your life. But you need the awareness to let you know when and how to listen.
Excerpted from Stories to Help You See God in Your Life, ECK Parables, Book 4.