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From the Desk of Mr. VanMinnen

What on Earth Is He up To?

Many times this year the words I wrote in September about openly asking for God to “break” us to a certain extent have become a reality. We prayed that we would be a faithful school community even if our circumstances would become more difficult. We have had our share of brokenness this year, in various capacities, but God’s promise remains. He is greater than all our hardship or sufferings as, providentially, this was our theme this year – “God Is Greater Than...”.

We have had years of blessings where it was ‘easy’ to praise God and be thankful. God has allowed this year to be a refining and purifying year where He is calling us to be faithful on a tougher trail. We have come to realize that when you ask the Holy Spirit to work in you, or your school, you need to be prepared for Him to do some major renovations. I’ll share with you a great quote from C.S. Lewis which embodies our school year beautifully because I believe He is doing great things because He wants to dwell with us! I’m excited that God is building a palace at SCCS!

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Ken VanMinnen


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