This past Sunday night, my son, who lives in Atlanta, was going to help his girlfriend move to Warsaw, Indiana, where she will be starting a new job next week. No big deal, it's just a U-Haul truck followed by she and her brother in her car. But as you might recall, Sunday night was the start of our big snowstorm. So contemplating the drive, it had many possibilities for turbulence or even potential disaster. When faced with the decision, do we go or do we wait until later in the week to go, they decided to forge ahead.
Leaving Sunday night around 11:30 PM driving through the night trying to beat the storm to Indiana, they encountered a few problems. Malfunctioning windshield wipers, a headlight going out, heavy fog, snow-covered roads, and a 12+ Hour Drive. The trip would test their capacity or ability to drive a box truck in windy, snowy conditions. It was going to try their persistence and resilience when faced with a challenging trip.
A simple story, but it is a microcosm of what we have all faced over the last 12 months. The turbulence from the storm that we've gone through has been multifaceted and complex. The storm that my son faced didn't have to defeat him. Neither does the turbulence that we have faced over the last 12 months.
It's been so encouraging to watch our students go through the storm. At various times, most of them have shown some of the wear and tear from the storm in their countenance and in their spirit. Still, they've never quit. They've learned to be adaptable, persistent, resilient, and each day they are learning about the capacity that God built into them. Students and parents, you are designed to be tougher than you think. You are built for big things. God is allowing these trials and storms to help us see the potential and capacity that we have when we trust in him and move forward by faith.
Oh, and by the way, they made it to Warsaw safe and sound by mid-afternoon on Monday, and there were no U-Haul trucks damaged in the relocation efforts.