It's that time of year, Cornerstone Family. Our summer break is winding down and our thoughts are shifting to the start of a brand new school year. I'll admit, I've always loved this time of year as we enjoy these last few weeks of unscheduled days, summer fun, and sleeping in. By this point though, I'm also anticipating all that a new school year will bring. I love helping my kids with all the new school supplies, meeting their new teachers, and getting back to a routine.
However, as I anticipate the start of this school year, my heart and mind can grow heavy with uncertainty. Our world doesn't look the same as it did this time last year, does it?
It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the "what if's" and the very real, valid concerns that vary so greatly from family to family. It can feel hard to know what to expect and as if we have to let go of so many of our usual expectations for this coming school year.
Expectation is a multi-layered thing, isn't it? It can be the thing that helps us and pushes us to do better. It can also be a heavy burden and a joy-stealer when we place it unrealistically on others, ourselves, or our situations.
God has been teaching me some lessons on expectations lately. These lessons have helped me through these past few months as I've learned to ask myself these questions:
- What are my expectations of my Heavenly Father when I enter a new season in my life?
- How do I approach unexpected, unwanted change?
- What are my expectations of God in these situations?
I find comfort and hope in the promises of His Word. Psalm 139 and Proverbs 3:5-6 remind me that as His child, He walks with me and guides me through the unexpected times in my life, both the good times and the hard times. These verses also remind me that He can bring good and unexpected gifts from things that are hard and from things that I don't understand.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV), "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Cornerstone Family, let's go together into this school year with great expectation. Let's have great expectations of our Father's love and provision. Let's expect that He will walk through each school day with us and with our children. Let's expect that He will guide us. Let's expect Him to bring good from the hard and the unexpected. Let's expect Him to use it all to grow us closer to Him!