“To everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under heaven.”
This week marks a change of season as our Year 11 students, say goodbye and move on to the next chapter in their lives. It is with great sadness that we say our farewells and after around 1000 days in the school we have grown to know them well and watch them grow from shy 11 year olds to confident and mature 16 year olds. It has been a pleasure to journey with them and our farewells are also mixed with joy and hope as we wish them every blessing for their future lives, and praise God for the privilege of being a small part of it.
There is a famous saying, ‘Time waits for no man’. It is very true and though sometimes we wish we could stop the clock, it continues to turn nonetheless.
Earlier this week I was in Chester Cathedral and noticed a poem by Henry Twells beneath a clock:
“When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold, time strolled.
When I became a full-grown man, time RAN.
When older still I daily grew, time FLEW.”
And so with the passing of time and the gift of each new day we face the new opportunities that lie ahead. As I painted this ocean wave I was reminded of the timelessness of our Creator and how, for thousands of years, others have stood where I did and watched the timeless ocean waves roll endlessly in. God’s constant love for us is as vast as the ocean and we are told that whilst everything else may change, His love remains (1 Corinthians 13:13) and like the ocean wave, it will never run dry.
How wonderful to know that though we may face our shifting, changing seasons with fear and trepidation, God journeys with us every step of the way.
God bless all our Year 11s as they continue their journey.
Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20, The Bible