“God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
A story is told of a young woman who was mountain climbing with friends. During her accent, her safety rope slipped and the jerking motion dislodged one of her contact lenses. She was able to reach the summit, but to her dismay, her view was blurred because of having only one well-focused eye. Bless her heart! Her response was to ask God for help. The young woman thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”
As they continued their journey, the climbers met another group. A hiker called out, “Hey, come look at this!” When the young woman and her friends drew closer, they witnessed a very interesting sight. They looked to see an ant on a twig, facing the mountain, carrying her contact lens! Needless to say, all were astonished!
The young lady’s father was a cartoonist and draw a picture of the ant with a precious caption: “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But, if this is what you want for me to do, I’ll carry it for You.” Let’s think of our current status.
In many ways, we gave no thought for tomorrow. We were operating under the “business as usual” banner. We were planning to meet for classes. We were looking forward to café takeovers, interdisciplinary research day, Ebony Soul, final exams, baccalaureate in the Chapel, and commencement on the quad. Our plans were overruled as our world, nation, county, and our community had to make sudden, major, and radical adjustments. For safety reasons, we had to quickly transition to remote instruction as a campus. Our reaction was not the result of our choices, yet we had to carry the weight of the virus’s impact. Like the ant, our response has been, “Lord I don’t know why you want me to carry this but if this is what you want, I’ll carry this for you.”
The ant teaches we had no control over our circumstances nor could we predict the outcomes. Yet, we just continued to move forward with God and in God. We carried the weight of this semester until God granted us relief!
Congratulations new alumnae, rising seniors, and return-ing underclasswomen! Well done, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, Bennett sisters, and supporters of Bennett College! God has brought us through some extremely rough waters with dark nights and sunless days. He enabled us to carry the responsibilities that were given or thrust upon us with a sense of answering Dr. David D. Jones’s question and challenge, “young woman what is your purpose?” God has been so very faithful! We thank God for His goodness toward us!
PRAISE GOD!!! JOB WELL DONE!
Stay prayerful and careful!
Rev. Natalie V. McLean ’80