The Prep/1 room has been undergoing a facelift over the past few weeks and we hope to see the class move back into the room ready for class on Monday morning. It has been an interesting experience to watch the room slowly transform. It is not just the students who have had their faces pushed up against the window!
The photo below was not taken that long ago and captured a moment where the project was perhaps 60% complete. What do we see? We see a pole that still needs removing, carpet missing, holes in the wall, painting needing to be done, electrical work needing to be moved, furniture that needs to be reinstalled…the list just keeps going. It looks like such a mess.
Renovating buildings is never a smooth process and small issues have cropped up along the way. At the time, these small issues do seem to loom rather large and increase the principal’s hair loss. It feels like such a mess.
One of the readings for this week comes from Romans 8 and contains this wonderful statement:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (v38-39)
It is so hard to remember in the messiness of our daily lives that God’s presence remains with us. Problems with renovations, struggling to learn a complex skill, trying to make our finances stretch, having an argument with a close friend – none of these are enough to separate us from God’s love.
I wrote my note for the newsletter late on Wednesday afternoon amongst the busyness of a school week. I had almost forgotten that the P/1 room was being renovated when I walked past the room to discover it was totally finished. While things looked like a mess and it seemed that things were not progressing – the builders were working steadily to accomplish the task.
I think God may be in the building business too – I am surprised frequently about the work he completes in our lives without us noting it.
May God continue to be the reliable builder in our lives.