Uncertain...or Just Unexpected?
We’ve heard it over and over again in recent weeks: these are uncertain times. And they are. Just like every day we’ve lived till now and every day we’ll live going forward.
As Christians, we aren’t surprised by uncertainty...right? After all, we know
that we shouldn’t boast about tomorrow, because we never know what the next day will bring (Proverbs 27:1),
that seemingly certain riches are truly uncertain (1 Timothy 6:17),
that life in this world is guaranteed not to be easy (John 16:33; James 1:2-4),
that that no one knows the future (Ecclesiastes 8:7), and
that Christ’s return will be a surprise (Matthew 24:42).
We know equally that God
knows his good plan for his people (Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28),
is trustworthy (Deuteronomy 32:4),
and is actively ruling the world (Proverbs 19:21; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 45:7).
These times are unexpected. But they are not more uncertain than other times. This coronavirus pandemic is shining a spotlight on our favorite illusion: that we are in control over our lives. We are being reminded of the constant truth that only God is always certain, always in control.
These are not especially uncertain times, but they are certainly unfolding in unexpected ways. As field trips and events were cancelled, and then on-campus instruction itself was called off, we’ve found new ways of carrying on the old mission: to grow students’ hearts and minds to God’s glory.
This has meant Zoom calls by the dozen, and the fun of getting a peek into each other’s backgrounds (literally). There have been emails galore, including some impressive teacher creativity. We’ve had electronic events—like chapel on Facebook live, school spirit week in posted pictures, and tonight's virtual (quaran)talent show—video compilations (like the awesome living wax museum from 3rd grade!), all-call prayer time with Mr. Glass, lots of appearances by Harry the Highlander, a new virtual campus tour, and even an online gender reveal for Baby Glass.
We so miss being all together on campus, but we are so grateful for the way our school has continued to thrive, leaning on our God who is our sure foundation in every “uncertain” time. We hope that emergency cyber-schooling will be unnecessary in the future. But we have learned a lot from this spring, and we know that if God has a different plan, we’ll be ready for the unexpected and trust him to work all things for good.