Eat honey, dear child—it’s good for you— and delicacies that melt in your mouth. Likewise knowledge, and wisdom for your soul—Get that and your future’s secured, your hope is on solid rock. Proverbs 24:13 (The Message)
Our youngest started Kindergarten last week and it hasn’t been the easiest of transitions (for either of us). He has figured out that Kindergarten takes him away from me for 7 hours instead of preschool’s 3 hours. ” I just want things to go back to the way they used to be.” he said with a tear rolling down his cheek”.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I started thinking of all those around me going through change and transition and how many of them long for “the old days”. The days before commitments were broken, before the brain tumor was found on their child’s brain, before job loss created severe financial stress, before they gave into temptation of the flesh . . . before, before, before. I told my son that we have to “keep moving forward”. We need to keep our eyes on the Lord because if we look away for one moment during these trying times of change the enemy will step in and try to overtake our hope, strength and perseverance with fear, sadness and despair. Keeping our eyes focused on Him will not keep us from bending under the pressure, but it will guarantee we won’t break. Even in the midst of unhappiness, our trials will bring growth and joy in the Lord and lead us into a deeper and closer relationship with Him.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1: 2-3
My husband says that we are on track to receive our Ph.D in patience, overcoming trials and leaning on God’s understanding and not our own. I am thankful God loves and cares enough for us to teach and guide us through these trials of life. He is the one who gives us courage and strength to face the next day, to overcome the challenge, to keep our eyes on Him and to live for today – not yesterday. I pray when we are called to walk across that stage one day it is with an outstretched hand our Father in Heaven will look at us and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25).
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4