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A New Thing

Sometimes new things can be scary. Learning something new may make us uncomfortable, even anxious.

Uncertain, unique, strange; three words we can use to describe the time we are living in now. Who would have guessed when 2020 began that this would be our new reality?! Things we took for granted, we now long for and dream of.

In the book of Isaiah 43:19, the Message translation, God says “I’m about to do something brand new.” Sometimes new things can be scary. Learning something new may make us uncomfortable, even anxious. These last few weeks we have all been challenged to learn new things; using Zoom for our meetings (oops! did I forget to mute my mic again?), learning Microsoft Teams, how to make a video without looking silly (and keeping our dignity), how to manage a new schedule at home, doing a video workout instead of going to the gym, staying 6 feet away (or 2 meters) from everyone, and of course, washing our hands so much that no amount of moisturizing cream can repair them!

The beginning of the same bible verse says, “Be alert, be present, it’s bursting out, don’t you see it? There it is!” Even though we have felt stretched as we navigate new ways of doing things, I’m also excited about learning new methods of communicating, spending more time with my family, playing games and being intentional about communicating with friends and loved ones I can’t meet face to face right now.

Who would have guessed when 2020 began that this would be our new reality?! Things we took for granted, we now long for and dream of.

As Director of Admissions and Marketing, many aspects of my job have also been affected by our new reality. For now, I can not meet families in person to give campus tours (something I love doing), but I’m adapting and providing consultations over Zoom! Marketing our school in these times will be unique but I believe we can accomplish something new and fresh!

There is hope that we will get through this. Isaiah 43:19 continues, “There it is, I’m making a road through the desert and a river in the badlands.” Let’s take a moment away from our screens to look up, and maybe we can see some of that road God has paved out for us. I trust we won’t be in this desert much longer, and that from this experience we will have learned that we are adaptable, resilient and much stronger than we thought.

Clara Atagi
Director of Admissions and Marketing

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert
rivers in the badlands.

Isaiah 43:19 The Message