My husband, Mike, and I are about to be "empty nesters!" We moved my son, Reid, into his freshman dorm at the University of Georgia last weekend, and my daughter, Molly, will return to Samford University to begin her junior year this weekend! As you can imagine, I've been sentimental and a little emotional (who am I kidding… a LOT emotional!) these last few weeks.
The theme that Pastor Nolan chose for this school year keeps popping in my mind....FORWARD! "Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you." God is speaking Proverbs 4:25 to me through this new stage in my life. So, while I reminisce about where the time went and read social media posts from my friends whose kids have also "grown and flown," I am focusing on what lies ahead of me. Reid and Molly will thrive this year. They will savor new experiences and make new friends, they will learn and grow, and they will be successful academically because of the foundation they received as students at University-Model Schools. Mike and I will get to have some true "just the two of us" time, something we haven't really had in 20 years!
If you are facing a daunting situation, or feel uncertain about a new experience, (Hello, new families!) fix your eyes on what lies before you. Look straight ahead and trust God's providential plan for your family. Don't let Satan distract you or whisper lies that cause you to lose confidence. Rely on God, pray for his comfort and direction, and he will sustain you. I pray that you will find strength in these verses.
Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
Don't get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
Collectively, and in many cases, individually, you are in my prayers as we begin this new school year.