By Roy W. Lowrie, Jr.
The Christian School Administrator and Teacher (Winter 1980)
There is something about being on the top of a high mountain that causes me to reflect on the power of God, and upon my smallness. These emotions were in my heart last summer as Peg and I were on the summit of Mt. Equinox in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and again on the top of Mt. Washington in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
David expressed the same emotion when he wrote in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?” He said further in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.”
Meditating on the strength of God and upon His care for us is a good thing to do for it builds our confidence in Him and in His capacity. Jeremiah illustrated this when he wrote, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou has made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.” Jeremiah 32:17
Many times over the years in Christian school teaching and administration, I have come back to Jeremiah 32:17. It is probably the verse I’ve banked on more frequently than any other. I commend it to you as part of your administrative approach in this school year and in the decade of the 80’s which we have begun.
Think a little bit about a few of those words, “…there is nothing too hard for Thee.” “Nothing,” what a remarkable fact. A few years ago when my son was suffering, a close Christian brother said, “You know, Roy, there is nothing beyond God’s power.” That comforted my hurt.
We administrators have to allow this truth to sink in when it comes to the hard parts of our ministry. Christian school administration is not an easy job. “Nothing is too hard for Thee” covers every aspect of it – the difficult board meetings, the financial crunch, the gossiping parent, the negative teacher, the tough discipline problem, the late-late committee meeting, the irate phone call, the private criticism, the disappointing event, the misunderstanding, the satanic opposition, the weight of ultimate responsibility, the inexorable downward pressures, the discouraging spiritual progress of some students, the failure of a teacher to handle a matter correctly, the unrealistic expectations of a parent, the sharp tongues and sharp pens of other Christians, the general care of the school, the abuse to our own children, etc.
God is able to help us live above all of those waves. He can enable us to get on top and ride those waves like a surfer, rather than being inundated by them. In Him we have the resource to be steadfast, unmovable, patient, and enduring.
The Creator of the heaven and the earth is our God. Let’s remember that when the difficulties arise this year. We don’t know what those difficulties are, but we do know that they are bound to come. We will recognize them when they arrive. It would be prudent to mark Jeremiah 32:17 in your Bible today. Then you can find it on the days that you need it.
Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Sep 3, 2013.