Are we there yet? When is this going to finish? Will there be more lockdowns?

I’m sure many of you have been in situations where you weren’t sure how things were going to end, or been on a journey that you weren’t sure how long it was going to take? 

It can either be exhilarating or scary? It can bring out the best in you, or make you want to hide? It can make you more determined, or even more uncertain? I think we have felt all of those emotions over the last two years... but here we are! How did we get here with all our classes back to school last week, enjoying school and being together?

I love this Leunig cartoon. It reminds me to just keep on going…doing what I know best, trusting my instincts, relying on God.

MECS is an amazing community; filled with families and staff who want the best for our students, our school and our staff. There have been lots of challenges again this year due to COVID, and yet our community just keeps on going. Doing what it does best; caring for students and families, supporting staff and making learning happen. Even if it’s in ways that we could never have envisaged!

The Bible reminds us in so many ways that God is faithful. He just keeps going on! He never gives up on us, or His creation.  His faithfulness enables us to be persistent, and indeed the troubles of this world enable us to build character and develop hope. 

The Message Version of Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that…

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling short-changed. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”

I hope that has been your experience throughout 2021; that despite the troubles that we have experienced, your life is over-flowing with the good things that God still generously pours into our lives and community.

As we head towards the end of the year, let that be your attitude and story. It’s easy to be disappointed and grumble about the things we have missed out on, things we think have been taken from us. But the above passage tells us that in God’s economy, we are never short-changed! Instead our containers overflow... what a fabulous image of God’s goodness and generosity!