thing when those so fresh from God love us.” It is true that nothing feels quite the same as a small child’s hand grasping yours or those first true smiles of delight.
This maxim is also true. It is no small thing when a big God loves us. Do you ever feel Him—the God of the universe--smiling down on you? This past spring our CCA family experienced the thrill of being the center of God’s blessing in many ways. Two ways especially stand out.
On May 7th, the day of the Cornerstone Classic Golf Tournament at Glenrochie Country Club, the weather forecast was dismal. As we scanned weather sites, we saw looming dark clouds and percentages that we only like when they reflect our students’ grades—90-100%. Golf weather only for those with webbed feet.
So we did the only thing we could do. We prayed. We opened our classes that day with prayers concerning the weather and the safety of the golfers. We decided to go ahead and play the tournament because many had travelled to town just for the tournament, and we could not predict that another day in May would yield fewer clouds.
And then the rain stopped. A miracle. The sun shone for the entire tournament and as the last carts came in, all the rain that had been held back fell in a mighty storm. We indeed felt blessed. We prayed that all the golfers enjoyed the respite in the rain and recognized the power of Him who can calm all the storms of our lives.
Later that month, our students got a glimpse of that same God—the One who pays attention to small things.
James Denton, the CCA Rhetoric biology teacher, had contacted the Smithsonian Institute regarding their study of salamanders in our area. SW Virginia is home to unique salamander populations, and our students had the privilege to study these creatures up close with experts in the field.
You can read more about these excursions in the first and second blog posts on http://salamanderscience.com/an-epic-discovery-in-high-water-part-1/. In these blog posts you will read about the part that CCA students played
in an “epic” discovery. Our students discovered not one but two baby salamanders, a feat that escaped “many researchers surveying for 10 years.” The biologist, Kim Terrell, said, “I’m definitely inviting these kids out again next year.”
So our students’ discovery of small creatures was a big deal.
We love it when God shows Himself to our students. We love it when they witness the wonder of God’s creation. We enjoy pointing out that the Sustainer is also the Game Changer, and He will listen when we call out to Him. It may rain on our next tournament, and our students may go out next year and flip lots of rocks with no “epic” finds, but this past spring God gave our CCA family a glimpse of His goodness and His sovereignty.
And that is no small thing.
Dean of Faculty and Students
Cornerstone Christian Academy