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Christopher Columbus Discovers America

531 years ago, on October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas. It was a miracle! He found a new continent! But Columbus was disappointed. At last Thursday's devotional, on October 12th, our primary school students shared this special story with us.

The Story of Christopher Columbus' Discovery

by Cortney Wright

Primary School Home Room, Curriculum Committee, Upper School English

For many years he had studied and planned to find a faster route to China. He was careful and precise. Discovering North America was great, but this was not what Columbus meant to do!

Columbus made two more trips trying to find a route to China. He never found that route. But he paved the way for future explorers. God had something greater in mind for His children.

God inspires us do good things, so we make plans. Sometimes our plans don’t go the way we think they should. Sometimes we feel disappointed.

Columbus wrote, “The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice.

“He lacks nothing that is in the power of men to give Him.”

“Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible!”

“Day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him.”

It is ok if our plans don’t always work out! We know, like Columbus, that God will lead us beside still waters because each one of us is important to Him. He has a plan for each of us.


This historical thought was delivered by our primary school students at devotional on 10/12/23. Each week one class leads the student body in prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, scripture recitation, a meditation, and an historical thought. Family and friends are welcome, Thursdays 8:30-9:05 am.

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