From the Principals heart…
An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of dangerous, pain or harm.
It has been 10 weeks of lockdown for schools. 10 weeks of highs and lows as we process that we are living through a worldwide pandemic, as we begin to wrap our heads around what this is all going to look, feel and be like after the tidal wave has come and gone. The world was not prepared. Our beautiful country was caught with very little in our hands to fight our everyday realities, let alone a global pandemic!
South Africans are resilient people who find moments of joy in every sorrow. I love our nation for this! This spirit of “Ubuntu” oozes from most of our insides. There is no other nation I would rather face this pandemic with than our beautiful South Africans. We are all in this together, but more than that we hold a faith stronger than many nations, and a belief that this season too shall pass.
Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly evident that a spirit of fear has driven many decisions, perceptions, actions, and reactions as well as systems and processes.
I HATE fear! I hate the way it makes you feel like you have no control. I hate the way it creeps up on you when you least expect it. I hate the way it takes you down the road of “worst case scenario” and keeps you up at night. Fear is everything peace is not! Fear is the most powerful weapon in the enemies’ hand. Fear cripples’ humans. It is for this reason that we MUST rise above fear and pull it out at its root! How?
This has been something I have been wading through over the past few weeks.
My first point of call has been to go back to the Word of a God, whom I believe is not far from our suffering. I find comfort in this verse as it gives us peace to know it is not the first pandemic humanity has faced nor will it be the last. He is closer than we think.
Ecclesiastes 1: 9-10 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the son. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.”
Secondly, surrendered worship. It has been humbling to know we as humans actually have very little control of this fragile life we live. In a moment everything can change! Knowing there is a point where we end, and He continues is humbling as well as peace bringing. I have found singing out about His faithfulness and who He is has given me the perseverance and hope even on my lowest days.
Lastly, speaking out and declaring the faithfulness of God, His promises and His victory which is evident in how He has been and will continue to be, brings peace to the chaos and truth to the fear.
We have no idea what tomorrow will look like, nor how much our days will change. What we do know is that we will forever be changed by this pandemic and things will look different from how we teach, interact, connect, and live.
I do believe the best is yet to come and hope is very much alive as we look to life after COVID. God has this amazing way of giving beauty for our ashes. He is also very good at rebuilding the ruins of what humanity has created. Until then we need to hold fast to our faith in a God who is unchanging. We need to keep declaring truth over our fear, and in doing this we keep reminding the enemy that God will have the final word! I encourage you to dream a dream for our country that will look beautifully redemptive from our past. Dream a dream of a new economy, a new education and health system, a new level of equality and then ask God to breathe on it.
In closing I would like to decree these blessings over every family, every child and every South African as we continue to face the onslaught of this tidal wave. May His mercy and faithfulness continue to hold and restore us. May His love and comfort and rebuild us. May we emerge out the other end of this filled with Hope, excited for a brand new future with a new vision for what our nation can be. We trust in His faithfulness to a thousand generations!
Numbers 6: 24-27
“The Lord bless you, and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
“Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”
With love and His peace