On the verge of “normal”?

We are approaching Week 6 with a sense of anticipation. There is a feeling when it comes to schooling, that we could be on the verge of normal.

For our teachers, the online learning and online classes has made it very clear why they became teachers: to help young people. As they have been preparing Learner.Link and taking online classes, many have come to me wondering, “How do I know if students have understood the content?” or, “I want to see and understand where my students are at, but I can’t! I can’t wait for our students to return!”

For some reading this, you may be feeling the same way, and be keen to have students return to school and to start returning to “normal”.

Unfortunately, just because students are coming back on campus this week does not mark a return to normal. The social, economic and political effects of this virus will not all of a sudden end on Monday, 25th May. While students returning to campus is a move that marks a transition towards normal, the reality is we still have a long way to go on a road marked with a lot of uncertainty.

With our God there is no uncertainty. There is nothing that takes our God by surprise, and nothing that He does not have control over. There is no square centimetre of creation that God cannot point to and say, “That is mine”. As we make small steps on the road back to “normal”, we can trust that our Heavenly Father is taking those steps with us.

My 18-month old daughter and I have been enjoying watching Christian children’s songwriter Colin Buchanan live on Facebook while in isolation. One of Colin’s lyrics has been with me through all of this, it is “[God’s] got the whole world in His hands”. There will be a time when things are better, when we reach a new “normal”, but it is not now with students returning to school (as good as that is!). God knows when it will be and He will be with us and in control, for every step of our journey.

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.  Isaiah 40:10-11

Daniel McComber
Head of Middle Phase