Deputy head girl for mentoring, Martina Wiseman’s journey at Port Shepstone High School has been one of service, leadership and kindness.
She is the epitome of grace, and she has inspirational words for her peers who are also facing the challenges of the national lockdown.
“In the beginning of lockdown, I felt a weight of disappointment at what our final year was turning out to be. I didn’t want to accept that this was what matric was going to be like for the class of 2020.
“After reading some scripture, and talking to God – I was confronted with the truth that there are greater plans, and roads ahead, than the path we’re on right now.
“I started to place my hope in Jesus and my mindset altered. I began to pour my energy into my faith account: @gracious.giftss, school work, devotionals, writing and fitness. I’ve learnt to enjoy the little joys that every day gifts us with.
“This time is filled with uncertainty and it’s okay to be afraid of what the future holds. You’re allowed to feel a bit anxious about not knowing, but I’ve learnt to trust in the One that does.
“I’ve placed this year, my unknown future, my plans – all in my Saviour’s hands and I have no doubt that He will open doors I hadn’t even knocked on. He isn’t finished yet.
“In this season, I just want to encourage everyone to remain hopeful. Everything will be okay, if we just have faith that it will!
“My strength has come from the verse Jeremiah 29:11 that says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
“I pray someone else can also take courage from these words.”