When we are in the midst of challenging circumstances it is always good to pause and take the long view. We can ask ourselves, what of this situation will matter at the end of the year, next year or beyond the next five years. Focusing on what will matter helps us to switch down our emotions and identify what is important. As students have completed assessment in the middle and senior years and start to get results back, this type of reflective thinking about what can be learnt and taken forward, is particularly important. For all of us when we find ourselves in challenging times, focusing on what is important, helps us to identify potential steps forward for improving our situation. We can move from frustration to action. As we take the long view, we can also step back and consider the impact on others and move forward with empathy.
As we move forward, God invites us to place our trust in Him. He prompts us, “Be Still and Know I am God”. He promises that He will provide for all of our needs. We can pray for God to guide us and let go of our concerns for the present and the future. By letting go and trusting in God, all things become less tangled, light shines in and a way forward emerges.