“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?…I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep…I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in humankind.” Proverbs 8:1-31 (selected)
This week finds me with more than 80 other principals of Lutheran schools across the country undertaking a national conference in Cairns. The conference theme this year is ‘Keep the fire burning’ – a theme that I’ve reflected on in relation to our Bible passage this week.
For some principals, it is worrying to leave their school for a week. Some feel that the place will fall over or perhaps that they are so important the school will simply cease to exist. Visions of students and staff playing up abound! Let’s not be too hard on principals. I recently spoke with a mum who was having a weekend away and leaving her children with dad. She too was worried about what would happen without her around.
Wisdom’s call to us is to have rest. To take time from the everyday troubles in order to be restored and renewed – to feed the fire that sits inside us. We so quickly take the majesty of God’s creation for granted. We take our health and safety for granted. We take our family and friends for granted. Wisdom calls us to be thankful and remember where these gifts come from.
Like mums and dads, principals make a lot of decisions. When we make decisions while we are busy and non-stop, often the decisions are poor. They are not always the wisest choice. As our 5/6 students reminded me in Christian Studies class last week, perhaps the first thing we should do when we are thinking about something is stop and seek God’s wisdom.
This week I pray that we all may seek rest, seek God’s wisdom and rejoice in his creation. May this ‘keep the fire burning’ and equip us to love God and his people.