I recall a grade ten English class in which we considered the following truism:
“Change is like a river; you’re always in it.”
No doubt true, but we don’t always stop to consider it. In many ways, this week is about deliberating noticing change. In chapel this morning, we recognized our grade eight students who will change from being elementary to high school students very soon. On Friday we will recognize a change in staffing as we will see Mr. VanHarten (Grade 4/5) depart from us to follow the next steps of his career. We know that some families are very soon heading toward a change in the form of a move related to work, family, health and other situations. Report cards distributed to our students on Friday will suggest a grade change to a new opportunity of learning in September.
The pace of daily life with pressing tasks, the important but not necessarily remarkable, call for our attention, and even sometimes in our own short-sightedness we are not reflective about what is changing around us and what that change means. Often change tends to frighten, worry, or even frustrate us because it reminds us that we are not able to fully control our world as we might like to do. And yet, in change we also often meet some of the plans the Lord has for us that are perfectly timed and masterfully created for our good.
At our closing assembly on Friday we will be reminded of the ways 2016-17 has been a year of God’s faithfulness and blessings experienced as a community of learning. Indeed, we easily and boldly say “…the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5) Praise God for that!
Have a rejuvenating summer filled with many safe memories as you rest, travel, and work, and play.
After a rest, we can’t wait to see what the Lord has ready for us around the bend.