by Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal
As a native Oregonian I am accustomed to the unpredictability and certainty of rain. Rain can be most inconvenient: it hits after I’ve just washed my car, am having a decent hair day, and particularly when I am unprepared. At this moment, however, I am appreciating the blessing of rain. After a week of issues with snow and ice, the rain is washing it away, restoring order and normalcy. Rain has the amazing ability to gently enhance or preserve life, or cause damage and devastation at any time or place.
The rain was coming, and Noah was preparing. He did not possess the prior technology or wisdom to build an Ark, yet was chosen as God’s project manager because “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6:8 (NIV), and “he walked faithfully with God” Genesis 6:9 (NIV). He knew God’s character, listened, obeyed, trusted, and by faith alone took action. Noah chose to be different and live a righteous life, all while surrounded by wicked and sinful people. He persevered through criticism, and setbacks (I can only imagine how many times he revisited the wisdom of measure twice, cut once). When the rain was released to destroy, God’s covering was upon Noah and his family.
A quote from my childhood is a wise reminder for us. “Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.” Are we preparing for rain? Rain often pours down on us in the form of financial, health, professional, spiritual, or relational challenges. Yet, when we follow Noah’s example and faithfully walk with God, we are able to weather any drizzle of discouragement, or disastrous storm. Walking in fellowship with Him through time spent in worship, prayer, and reading the Bible combine to reveal God’s heart. We are all aware that we become like those we spend the most time with. The closer and more frequently we walk with God, the more we will grow in faith, wisdom, peace, our capacity to love.
It is inspiring and encouraging to be a part of the Crosshill community of students, staff, and families walking with God. We are a community faithfully moving forward into the plans God has for our school, obediently walking alongside each other in unity and love. By our collective example and guidance, our children are learning to know God’s character, know His voice, His Word, His love, and His specific plans for their lives. They are growing into strong witnesses for Christ in our hallways, in this community and in the world. We are truly blessed!
Like Noah, may we all live lives that find favor in the eyes of our Lord.
– Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal