I’ve got a favourite arbutus tree. I stumbled on it a few months ago when I first hiked up Mt. Work. It was a misty Victoria winter day, not one with majestic mountain and ocean views but one with dampness and chill. I returned a few days later and was blessed with an amazing panoramic view. It sure is great when the fog lifts!
A lot of us have a feeling of fog and mist these days. We’re unable to clearly envision how this Covid 19 journey is going to work out. We wish for clear vistas and obvious pathways. Our work path is unclear, our schooling path is not clear, our financial path is foggy and sometimes we just want to sit down and cry.
That’s okay – that’s okay because behind the mist and fog we know there is a loving God and a loving community that is there to support us. We cling to the hope of moving forward together.
A few Mondays ago, the secondary staff devotion time focused on 1 Corinthians 13 and the love that the staff have for their students. It’s great to see how God is at work through the staff from pre-school through grade 12! There is genuine care and love for the students during what now seems like routine, day-to-day school activities. Currently, that love and concern has somehow increased even more. I can see it and sense it as I interact with the staff as they prepare for the new realities of “remote learning” for the next period of time.
In The Message, 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
Mother Teresa once said, “I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Thank you for being a loving community. May that be one of the characteristics that is continuously revealed as we journey together. As we begin to have some clarity, as the fog begins to lift, may there be no more pain, only more love.
Blessings on the journey ahead.