Welcome to Teacher Talks for Term 2.
Last term we began with the question “How do we trust God and education faithfully in an age of confusion and anxiety?”
The talks ended with a quote by Joni Eareckson “When we learn to lean back in God’s sovereignty, fixing and settling our thoughts on the unshakeable, unmovable reality, we can experience inner peace. Our troubles may not change, our pain may not diminish, our loss may not be restored, our problems may not fade with the new dawn. But the power of those things to harm us is broken as we rest in the fact that God is in control”.
God is always sovereign and does not stop being sovereign at any time even if no-one seems to be listening or that reality is questioned.
How powerful are those words now in the midst of the spread of COVID-19 across our globe. It knows no distinctions of race, class or religion. Creation is always groaning and this time it is loud enough to awaken us. Fear and anxiety have gripped the hearts of people and the daily normality of our lives has been disrupted as there is no vaccine to rescue us. As teachers, together with our students and their families, the everyday patterns of school life have been turned upside down with online home schooling and social and economic hardship being experienced by many.
Can we trust our sovereign God, our Heavenly Father when as part of creation we are collectively groaning? Though the unfolding of history in its fullest sense is beyond our grasp and where only in eternity will our time be disclosed, we need faith to see our present context under God. Only then can we face the challenge of seeing and fulfilling God’s purpose in this time of upheaval.
We love and need our triune God who is both transcendent, infinitely wise and powerful, and yet immanent, choosing to make His home with us. Here is “Where Heaven meets earth”.
Term 2 Teachers Talking will help us explore this theme as we seek to walk with our God and our students to imagine and write the script of our story for this time.
May our prayer be:
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your Name, your Kingdom come, your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Grace and Peace,
The Excellence Centre