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Worshiping the God who Gives and Takes Away

I don’t know what obstacles you face in life but one of mine is trust. As I have prayed for God to use BCA in wise and wonderful ways, I have also prayed that He fill each classroom and allow us to “expand our boundaries”. Though I would love to have that full, robust enrollment now so that my plan could be made, I have learned to trust Him and His faithfulness to unveil His plan in His timing. I have absolute confidence that God will make His perfect will clear for BCA and provide for our every need. I am thankful to serve a God who uses every experience to evidence His extravagant love for us…following is one way in which He evidenced His love and deepened my trust in Him and His perfect plan.

For over twenty years, my husband, Mike and I loved our life on a small Caribbean island. We invested ourselves in our community, became a part of a vibrant church family and raised our three children there. Grand Cayman was home and we could never imagine living anywhere else.

On Sunday, September 12, 2004, a Category 5 hurricane made its closest approach to Grand Cayman, when the eye passed within 20 miles of our island home with wind gusts of 220 mph. For thirty six hours, Hurricane Ivan unleashed its fury on our island community resulting in catastrophic devastation. Islanders were totally unprepared for its aftermath.

Within a week of its passage over Cayman, between ten and fourteen thousand people left the island, many of whom never returned. For those families such as ours, who remained, many chose to send their children abroad in the wake of the disaster. We experienced displacement and separation from one another as we attempted to rebuild our lives on island.

One of our first phone calls after the storm was to friends, Steve and Carla Dillard, who put “feet to their faith” and provided a home for our eldest daughter for the three months immediately following the storm. During that time of separation, as my husband and I attempted to rebuild our home and businesses, we would often sing in church “Blessed Be The Name” and I would ponder the truth of the lyrics written by Matt Redman about a God who gives and takes away.

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

(from “Blessed Be The Name” by Matt Redman)

This storm had affected our lives in ways seen and unseen.  In thirty six hours, friends lost.  Possessions lost.  Innocence lost.  Faith?  Shaken.  Though God revealed Himself to me during that time in ways that could never be denied, I’m sorry to confess that when I sang the words of the song, I sensed an internal shift in the way I viewed my Saviour.  He had given me things to treasure…a place I loved, people I loved, a life I loved, and overnight, He had taken those things away.  Not focusing on the ways in which He revealed Himself to me during that time, I focused on the losses I experienced.  I had a trust issue.

Five years after the storm, the Dillards again opened their home to us, this time sheltering us for a year as we relocated to the U.S.   Beautiful are the feet!   During that time, as I worshipped one Sunday at Bannockburn, we sang the familiar words of “Blessed Be The Name”.    In an instant, what I had previously been unwilling and unable to see, the Lord revealed to me with sudden clarity and understanding…What He gives is the best…His Son to be our Saviour.  What He takes away is the worst…our sin which separates us from Him.

This revelation brought to mind words from a report written to expose the impact of Hurricane Ivan on Grand Cayman . ..”Even the already dead were affected as many cemeteries which are on the sea side, were impacted by the sea surge resulting in the destruction of tombs and the loss of entombed family members. This was a source of grief to islanders.”  In remembering my shaken faith, I remember this storm in my life as well as the words in the report…I was living like the “already dead”.  Praise be to God, He opened my eyes and allowed me to see Him clearly.  Resurrected faith.   Trust issue resolved.

Praying faithfully with you for God’s perfect provision for BCA and trusting in His faithfulness!

Bobbi Flowers, Principal

Some things are as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Have you seen the signs visible at so many parking areas in our city?

  1. Lock your car.
  2. Take your keys.
  3. Hide your belongings.

At our CPR training each year, we are reminded of the steps to follow in case of an emergency.

  1. YOU…call 9-1-1!
  2. YOU…find a defibrillator!
  3. YOU…find help!

These things are easy to remember because they give only the most essential information.

As I  have prayed for our school year, asking God for His wisdom in knowing what information is most essential, He has impressed upon me the following “best practices” that I would like to share with you, as we begin together, this yearlong journey of discovery.  Perhaps you might employ in your homes this year, some of our “best practices” from school, where students are scholars and parents are partners!

1.  Listen attentively. Ask your children open-ended questions that allow them to expand on their thoughts and experiences.

2.  Limit specifically. Children need time to think and reflect without the stimulation of “screen time” demanding their attention. Limit electronics.

3.  Love endlessly. Allow God’s divine love to spill out of your life, into the lives of your children…extravagantly and unconditionally.  Love really is the answer!

I am so grateful to serve a God who always speaks to me in a language that I can understand…it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Blessings,

Bobbi Flowers

Principal

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