A New Adventure
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
How many of us have gone through a period of time in our lives in which it seems that something new is approaching? Sometimes it’s obvious things such as a new job or a new house. Sometimes it is something that we may not even be aware of, but God is preparing us to enter into a time of a new season. Whichever the case, it’s not always easy. It is sometimes thrilling; it is sometimes scary; but it is always a change.
I was on Facebook the other day, yes Facebook, and I was struck by how many moms had posted pictures of their kids on the first day of school. I was among them. My middle child started her first year of school this year! Kindergarten—what an adventure! She has talked about kindergarten for an entire year, wanting to ride on the bus and go to school with her sister. However, after her first couple of very long days, she wasn’t as excited about the prospect of going back. I’m not sure if she had envisioned pony rides and cotton candy every day, but clearly, it was not what she expected. Needless to say, after many long discussions—some firm, some very gentle and loving—she decided that she would continue her kindergarten career, despite the lack of pony rides.
I can completely relate. After being out of school myself for, shall we say, a few years, I too am embarking on a new adventure. Going back for my MA in Religion is an exciting and scary step for me. Well aware there will be no pony rides, I am also very well aware that God will be with me every step of the way. I know that it is only by God’s grace that I make it through a day. He goes before me in all I do.
Look at what Habakkuk says in chapter 1, “For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” What a great word! God is doing something in our lives right now! We just need to allow Him to take us through our “next season.” Thrilling or scary, He walks right along side of us every step of the way. Some days will be pony rides, some days certainly won’t, but one thing we can always count on is that God will never leave us or forsake us. When we look back, we can say, “Wow, if you would have told me that’s what I had to look forward to, I would have never believed you!” Praise God, He’s faithful!