According to an on-line dictionary, bleak refers to an area that is lacking in vegetation and exposed to the elements. Spring in Victoria is hardly the definition of bleak. There are signs of new life and beauty seemingly everywhere you look. The peonies in front of my house are already almost 6” high! It is truly an amazing time of year.
But, for many of us, bleak is what we are feeling at this point. We’re looking at our bills and re-calculating our budget with a sense of despair. Our finances are exposed to the elements and we feel vulnerable. At the same time, our kids are complaining of boredom while we’ve had more than our fill of Lego and such. The PCS community, and the school leadership team feels and acknowledges this scenario and the stresses that we are experiencing. We are meeting regularly to work through how we can most effectively support the entire community and move forward together.
I am thankful that we live in an area of the world where it seems easy for the creator to lift us up through creation. We can relate to the Psalmist’s proclamation that “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). Although we may struggle for words at times these days, it is a gift to hear God’s greatness declared “to the ends of the earth” (verse 2-4).
While B is for bleak, it is also for beauty. Beauty in creation, beauty in the sense of support and love that we find in our bff(s) who we can’t necessarily connect with directly right now. There is beauty in the bravery of the many people working hard to help us all walk through the current Covid situation. There is beauty in the community rallying together. Praise God for this faithfulness, even during bleakness.
The sun will come up tomorrow and complete its circuit and somehow, God will see us through. I encourage you to read through Psalm 19 sometime soon. My prayer is that you will sense the presence of the Lord as your Rock and your Redeemer. And yes, B is for ball as well.
Blessings on the journey ahead.