Nothing feels like "new" more than the first day of school. New books, new shoes, a crisp new backpack, a spiral notebook that is shiny and unscathed. A new school year brings with it new friends and new experiences. A huge blank slate just begging to be filled with colorful exhibits and sketches of so many unknowns. It is all so scary and exciting at the same time...
(I know the time has come for me to)
Wake up and see the glory"....
Could it be that our comfort keeps us blind to seeing His glory?
My girls look to me for encouragement as we approach their new schools.....and I find myself explaining (with great conviction) to my daughters exactly what I need to have someone explain to me, which is: "There is nothing to be afraid of! You are going to make friends; people will like you; you will do great work; you are smart; you are fun to be around; you don't really need to be scared..."
Although I have walked only a short time in the shadow of our savior's strength...I have come to understand that the only thing that cures the "fear" is trusting in the unknown holy prescence of God--that which is not seen--and then walking boldly in the direction of your fear holding His outstreched hand for encouragement and hearing His words...."my sweet child, I am with you, do not be afraid, I will never forsake you, I will never leave you..you are my beloved and I am yours and I will shine through you."
It is my hope that this is the lesson of the first day of school.....for both me and my kiddos.