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Iroquois Principal's Corner — April 13, 2021

Happy April everyone, and I hope you were able to enjoy Easter, spring break, and some warmer temperatures this past week. We’re heading into the home stretch of the school year, which brings all kinds of emotions. I look forward to finishing this year with you in person!

This spring break my family and I ventured down to Florida. About four hours into the trip, our van’s check engine light came on and started blinking. Soon after, the van started to shake. This was not good! So, we pulled off and found a place to stop. There’s no way we could continue our trip like this. I immediately went into solution mode, because I was going to Florida even if I had to walk! I asked myself, “Where’s the closest place to rent a car?” “What do we squeeze on an airplane?” “How much is a new van?” “How much is an old van?” I then Googled Honda dealerships close by, and low and behold, one was about two miles away from where we stopped. I called the service department, told them our situation, and they responded by telling me their next opening was four days later. Not cool! The person who answered went on to tell me she would check with her manager to see if there’s anything they could do, and he told us they would squeeze us in. Two hours and six new spark plugs later we were back on the road, heading to Florida. 

While our broken van wasn’t a serious or life-changing situation, the feeling of the unknown and wondering what was going to happen next was not a feeling we enjoyed. This happens on a much greater scale to many of us. Awaiting results of a biopsy, waiting for the outcome of a job interview, waiting to be chosen for adoption, covid tests results! In the Bible, David gives us very clear instructions about waiting. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” He says it twice in one sentence! Read all of Psalm 27 some time. It’s a good one!

So if you’re waiting for something, minor or major, don’t forget to wait on the Lord. Sometimes our waiting time is short, sometimes it’s very long, and it’s never easy. Have the courage to wait, and trust that God has you in the palm of his hand. Praise be to God for his faithfulness! Have a wonderful week!

—John Barkel

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