It’s that time again! The moment parents have been waiting for since the second week of summer…the kids are headed back to school! Here at South Tulsa this means it is time for Promotion Sunday! Today, all our preschoolers through high-schoolers are moving up to the next Sunday Bible Study class and in just a few short weeks our fall programs (choir, missions, Bible drill, and Bible skills) will all be starting.
This time of year brings about a lot of “new” – new teachers, new schools, new classrooms, new friends, new routines. Many times, the word “new” brings about a feeling of excitement. I mean who doesn’t like new clothes or a new car? However, another word that could be used is “change” and “change” does not fill us with excitement. In fact, there could be a sense of hesitant anticipation or even dread.
Through times of change in my life, there has been one scripture that tends to come to my mind. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” This is one of the very first scriptures I remember committing to memory as a kid, and during times of change or transition it has reminded me of the Lord’s unfailing guidance in our lives. It tells me I do not always have to have the answers, but I do ALWAYS have to seek after the Lord and allow Him to guide each step I take.
So, as the school year begins and programs begin again with new classes, old friends and new friends, join me in praying for our kids, students, and teachers. Pray that each day when they rise they will decide to put their trust in the Lord and allow Him to guide their steps. Ask the Lord that every person with whom they come in contact, every lesson they learn, and every experience they encounter will shape them more into His image and deepen their relationship with Him.
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