Are you stumped?

Lord here I am! Can’t you see me! Look I’m here, can’t you see me? I’m looking at you! Help Lord, I need your help, and NOW!!!!!!!! This is what I heard a student proclaim.

He had apparently read a book but forgot what it said in regard to the question he was faced with this day! Like some of our articles on the dailylily, he had a blank slat. He read well, thought well, and usually had all the answers. Everyone looked to him to have the right answer, but today he was stumped.

He begged for the answer, but no help. I told him to seek advice from another student, but he said the instructions said the answer had to come from your thoughts and that no ones thoughts were like his thoughts.

We soon went to lunch and as I picked the students up I asked him if God had spoken yet. He said well Mrs. O I asked and asked him to rewind me, but all He does is fast forward me and then He tells me to work, work, work.

How many of us find ourselves in the place of this young man more times than we wish. Did we fail to receive God’s instruction and then when put on the spot – blank slate or do we fill in an answer that is incorrect in hopes that the teacher doesn’t find out? Do we wish we could rewind and go back and learn again? Somehow rewind is out of the question, yesterday is gone and we must face today – our fast forward? How will we retrieve the instructions of yesterday? As God said to the boy, “Work, work, work!” We must dig and dig even though we don’t want to due to time, but in working and getting, we get the answer to help us with our tomorrow’s grade before the King. In not digging and giving the wrong answer, then what?




Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

5 thoughts on “Are you stumped?”

  1. I find this ‘real life experience’ from a fourth grade special son most interesting.

    I do have a ?, why could he not have asked the other student for advice since it was suggested by the teacher.

    I do understand that he thought the book said he must find it from within, but he got that thought from another by reading a book.

    Such an interesting theory to me since as a Christian I seek help, advice, counsel from many others. Again, a book author formed his thought. If God spoke and told him to work work work, maybe that meant to ask for help.

    Precious son, he asked God to rewind him and God only fast forwarded him. I am still thinking some expert advise is much needed to de-confuse (my word) this child’s mind and mine.

  2. Yes, I agree with Sara. Why can’t he ask another’s advice? Isn’t this how we learn? This young fellow is stumped for some reason, and maybe someone else could help him?

  3. Today he told me that God had given Him the answer. I told him that the ideas of others are very helpful and may spark another idea when all put their input in. The Literature Circle group got together and discussed the question and they all came away with an answer.

  4. Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strenght, ALWAYS READY TO HELP in times of trouble.
    Isaiah 30:18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WAIT FOR HIS HELP.”
    Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discourage, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and HELP you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
    1 Corinthians 12:28 “Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who HELP OTHERS, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown language.”
    Being stumped can be frustrating. The scriptures above tell me that God is there for us and ready to help. He will either provide us with the help or he will send someone to help(1 Cor. 12:28). I know sometimes we get impatient. We say “NOW LORD, I NEED YOU NOW” Remember God hears us and he loves us very much. Our cries for help are important to him. We must be patient. God’s timing is always perfect. We must not lose our faith. God is in control and he will always prevail in time of need.
    God told the boy to WORK, WORK WORK. I feel God wants each of us to WORK WORK, WORK. Don’t stop. Our time is near. We have to keep digging and working to do God’s will. We can’t turn a deaf ear to God’s warnings.
    Matthew 24:3-14″3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. his disiples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” 4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming ‘I an the Messiah.’ They will decieve many. 6And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, BUT DON’T PANIC. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. 9″Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”
    So I say if you get “STUMPED” pray for help. Be patient and have faith that God will help or send others to help. When God tells us to WORK WORK WORK. Do this with all your heart. Work like there is no tomorrow. We have lots to do in a short amount of time. (Matt. 24) Don’t panic, just wait on him. ALWAYS REMEMBER, GOD’S TIME IS PERFECT.

  5. I had one quick thought on all this. Humbling oneself to look to another for help is sometimes difficult, especially for those who have quick, innovative thinking and bright responses. To ask another for help may hurt one’s “pride” (see Wendy’s Britches Blog) but showing humility in listening to good counsel is always pleasing to the Lord.
    Many of us ADULTS have that problem. “Please, Mother. I’d rather do it myself” sort of attitude.
    This blog presents a good opportunity to examine our own attitudes about listening to others’ ideas, incorporating some of them in our own projects and giving credit where credit is due.

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