I’ve shared this before, but the most frequent/repeated command in the Bible is “DO NOT BE AFRAID.” This phrase, or a variation of it, can be found over 200x in the Bible. And a quick search of the Bible will demonstrate that this command has been given in some of the most desperate and hopeless situations. Heroes of the Christian faith were given this command when their backs were against the wall with seemingly no way out. In other words, God didn’t just give this command for low hurdles and easy-to-overcome obstacles. To the contrary, God gives this command in all circumstances -- no matter what!
Of all of the things that makes me proud of the Timothy community, one of the things toward the top of my list is that we are not gripped with fear. I am astonished at how fear has taken so many people captive. Yes, we act responsibly. Of course we seek sound advice. And by no measurement are we foolhardy in our behavior. But Timothy is not cowering with fear. Why? Is it because we are so strong and brave? Is it because we’ve adopted a faulty theology that believes harm will never come our way? I’ve heard plenty of cynical assumptions, but the answer is really quite simple. It’s not a proud posture at all. To the contrary, it’s a humble posture...perhaps the meekest of all postures -- that of obedience. We are living in obedience to God’s Word, and He emphatically and repeatedly says “Do not be afraid.”
Folks, I want to reiterate that we’re sticking with our plan to offer both in-person and remote learning. We have no intentions to shift away from the basic belief that this decision should be made in the home. It is my conviction that God will give direction to Timothy parents on what is best for their children, and my unwavering goal is to honor those personal choices for the entire 2020-2021 school year. You can always count on Timothy to respect these personal family decisions every step of the way, and I would ask the same of each of you.
As of this moment, we have 18 positive cases on the entire campus (5, or nearly ⅓ of them, are from just 2 homes) and we have surpassed 230 negative test results on record. We have been in school for 12 weeks with over 1,200 people on our campus every weekday.
We should remain responsible and prayerful. We should stay vigilant. We should continue to follow the Timothy Health Plan. Let’s not “take our eye off the ball.” Oh I’m sure at times we’ll be frustrated and I’m equally certain we will continue to have disruptions. We’ll have more positive cases, and we’ll send out more of the required communications, I’m sure, in the upcoming weeks as Illinois enters “probable” cases in addition to “confirmed” in the daily counts. But Team Timothy, we will not be afraid.
Press on, Timothy.