I write this in the midst of our difficulty, adversity and heartache. In this season of financial struggle as the institution does what it can to position us for future success, it is sometimes difficult for us to see beyond our own experience. I know, because I have struggled to move beyond unpleasant circumstances during my time at this school.
Certainly it is easier to speculate the future of the school, even to the point of open condemnation, when many affected are near and dear to this community. So easy that overlooking prayer comes naturally. I find it necessary to remind us to be praying. I believe during this time, our primary responsibility as students, alumni, faculty or Christians watching from the outside is continued prayer for North Central.
This is not a request for blind support of the institution, but for us as Christians to pray that God’s will for North Central will be accomplished. This is a call to pray for the men and women in leadership, that God would reveal Himself to them and give them obedient hearts. This is a call to prayer for the students, that healing, forgiveness and grace may occur.
Do not mistake this as a call to pray for North Central’s success or failure. Ultimately God has seen and ordained the rise and fall of many nations and kings, both good and bad. My concern is not the well being of the institution, which is only a means for God’s will, but for the people who make up this community to be obedient to his will.
May we continue to pray and support each other as followers of Christ, in both the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult, the plentiful and the lacking. May we be Christians who are concerned first and foremost not with our own rights and privileges, but that we hear from God and carry out his will, his way.
By Tyler Collins