Our Dear Seniors,
Well, you’ve been home for a whole week (from Guatemala) and literally been home for a whole week (from school). And what a week it’s been. I know in my home it’s been a bit of bedlam getting all of my classes online, all my students connected, and my own kids focused on school work (instead of Netflix). Amidst all of that . . .
You, Seniors, have been on my mind. Alot.
This is your senior year. Traditionally the year of celebration. Of relaxing spring breaks. Of memorable proms. Of commencement ceremonies. Of graduation parties. Yet you sit at home, being told by parents, teachers, and now the government to stay home.
Perhaps you’re frustrated. Or angry. Or sad. Or scared. Or lonely. Or delighted that you can sleep in and do school in your jammies. Or maybe you’re feeling all of these things at once – because we’re complex human beings. (Just ask Mr. Swift, your psych teacher. He’ll tell you.)
Amidst all of those feelings, I wanted to offer you, dear seniors, a reminder:
You have been chosen.
Before the beginning of time, you were chosen by God to:
- Be created (Psalm 139: 15-16)
- Belong to Him (Romans 8:29)
These 2 points of “chosen-ness” are HUGE. Transformational. However, you were also chosen:
3. To be in Guatemala at the exact moment that you were.
The miracle that our group got to and from Guatemala without delays or cancellations or closed borders or quarantines hopefully is not lost on you. God wanted us to go on the senior trip because He had work He wanted us to do before we holed up in our homes. Maybe He knew we’d be vigilant in getting the word out to help support Clubhouse Guatemala through the pandemic. Maybe He wanted our prayers to be added to the chorus being raised for those kids and those workers. Maybe He knew we needed to see beyond our small little Lititz world during this time and realize that there are so many more in need. Maybe . . . who knows. The mind of God is beyond us, but I do know He chose us to go to Guate last week for a purpose.
My prayer, as I said in my last blog post, is that you love and feel heartbreak. Not just for Guatemala anymore, but also for those surrounding us living in fear. Now is the time to look up, see others as God sees them, and love them through the fear and uncertainty. Even when you’re watching your senior year slip past without all the hoopla you anticipated, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, because:
4. You were chosen to be a senior amidst Covid-19.
In September, 2001, I was a senior in college. And then September 11th (also, ironically, my birthday) came. The twin towers came thundering down, and I watched my senior year, and the world, change.
Your world is changing. As humans we often resist change. I would urge you not to resist. Be willing to adjust. Be willing to shift. Be willing to move in whatever direction the Lord is asking you to move, even if it means leaving behind all you had envisioned for the end of this year. Because, as Mrs. Chaboya so often stated in SenPro Class, it’s not about you.
Jeremiah 29:11 is so often touted as a scriptural promise of prosperity; however, as Mr. Lewis often reminds you, it’s important to understand the context in which scripture was written.
Jeremiah 29 is a message the Lord is sending to His people in exile – people He sent into exile out of Jerusalem into Babylon. God knew His people were suffering, and in addition to promising to bring them home (after 70 years), he also told them to: “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (29:7).
If, as seniors, you can shift your mindset away from what isn’t happening, and recognize what is. Like Esther, you were chosen. Like the Israelites, you were sent. So, amidst the pandemic, look for God moving. Look for what He wants you to see, where He wants you to serve, and who He wants you to love.
Doing that, your senior year may become the best year of your life after all.
Continuing to send love and prayers to you all, dear Seniors.