Truths for Today:
I remember Septembers growing up—long, long ago. The excitement of a new school year, my new lunchbox, rumors about my new teachers…is it any different now?
Well, yes it is. I have the pleasure of living across the street from an elementary school and the first day is always a real adventure. I look out of my office window and I love watching the kids come in. Throughout the year, I stand at my window and pray for them, for their teachers and for their parents.
Everything is so different now: we all walked to school; now I watch the cars and buses and daycare vans stream by my window. We proudly carried our new lunchboxes adorned with our favorite superheroes or cartoon characters. Today, kids carry these massive backpacks that are a guarantee of back problems to come. We girls wore dresses and new patent-leather shoes and the boys trotted along in shirts, slacks, and tennis shoes. Today girls and boys alike wear tee-shirts or polos, jeans, and $100 athletic shoes. School clothes are the same as play clothes. (You youngsters don't remember the "good old days!"
God spoke to me as I watched a young man from our neighborhood and his father walk to school this morning. Dad strode along confidently several feet in front of his son. Every few minutes he would look back and wave at the little boy to hurry up.
The little boy walked as fast as his short legs would carry him, burdened with a huge backpack. It must have been his very first, first day of school. He looked around, wide-eyed. Every so often he would stop and stare around at the cars and kids swarming around him. Was he nervous, scared, overwhelmed? Dad didn't seem to notice. Maybe he was in a hurry—perhaps he had to get to work.
Do you see where I'm headed with this? I stood there, thinking about the days in my life when I headed out into a new adventure. My first day of school, my wedding day, the day I walked away from my engineering job and realized God had called me to write Bible studies.
I thought about the times I carried a heavy "backpack." My first day in high school—would I fit in? Bringing home my first baby—could I be a good mother? My first few days sitting in front of a blank computer screen—what could I possibly write that would praise God and bless others?
Praise God, He doesn't walk several feet in front of us, waving at us to keep up. Praise God, He never makes us feel like He doesn't care about our uneasiness. He walks in front of us to guide us, beside us to comfort us, and behind us to encourage us. We are surrounded by our Father any time we walk into a new experience.
And our burdens? We never carry them alone. God shares them with us—He carries them for us if they are too heavy.
Are you walking into a new adventure? Take your Father's hand—He loves you, cares for you, and walks with you. Cast your burden of nervousness, anxiety, or doubt on Him.
Listen to these promises:
"My presence will go with you." Exodus 33:14
"I will guide you with My eye." Psalms 32:8
"I am with you…I will strengthen you." Isaiah 41:10
"I am with you always." Matthew 28:20
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. Psalms 55:22
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Step boldly into your new day!