There are many instances throughout our lives when God reveals Himself to us. It may happen in a big way through a miraculous healing, but I think that in most cases these moments typically happen in small, subtle ways in our daily life. Have you ever had that “a-ha” moment when you realized God answered a prayer, or after you understood the truth in a situation? I love it when that happens because for me it usually occurs when I am in doubt about what action to take, or in need of finding a solution to a problem.
My personal theme for this year which I have not even shared with my family has been, “All things are possible with God.” Mount Royal is certainly an example of that, surviving seventeen years of ups and downs, and now getting to a point where the enrollment and facilities are growing. I have to admit that when you need to rely on God’s providence every day for your very existence, you have your moments when you wonder if you are really doing God’s will. Each and every time I started to have my doubts this year I would recite my personal theme,and think of the story of the two famers who prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and plowed his field. It is obvious which farmer had the greater faith truly believing, trusting, and knowing that God would answer his prayer. As soon as I think of that, I pick myself up and keep plowing the field filled with renewed hope for the future.
As I was reflecting this week on what great wisdom I wanted impart on our graduates I asked the Lord what I should say. That’s when another one of those little “a-ha” moments occurred. I remembered a gift I received this week from a family who came to visit Mount Royal, as they are in the process of discerning whether or not to send their children to our school. When leaving the mother gave me a small card that she painted herself as a thank you for taking time with them. On the back she wrote down her two favorite scripture passages, Matthew 17:20 and Hebrews 11:1. So of course I got my bible and read them. Matthew 17:20 says “For truly, I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move hence to yonder place,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” “O.K. Lord,” I said, “I know what you want me to say.”
Graduates…..when those difficult times come….and you know they will…..your gift of faith will help you move mountains, fill you with hope, and give you the assurance, the unwavering conviction, that all things are possible with God!
Please know that I am eternally grateful for you class for your positive nature and unwavering perseverance. You have been a tremendous witness to the other students in the school, the faculty, and me. I am confident that you will be successful in whatever vocation God may be calling you towards and although we will miss you we are filled with hope for the future of the Church, our families, and our country knowing that you are our future leaders.
God Bless you all.
Mr. David Thibault