School is starting soon or has already just begun for most of our families. The craziness of school supplies, new clothes, backpacks, meeting teachers, finding new schools, and classrooms can send us over the top. Sometimes the changes take our breath away, and we can become anxious and even overwhelmed, especially if this is our first child entering a new school for the first time. Then we catch our breath and let the new schedule define our new normal.
Beginnings give us a chance to try new things, get a fresh start, or see things from a new perspective. Let’s face it change is constant in our lives. If we are alive, we are changing; how we navigate that change can define us. There will be many times in our lives that we do not have control over the changes that are happening to us and around us. Those are great opportunities to lean in and trust God. (Read Matthew 6:25-34) Remembering that Jesus calls us to learn from Him and lean on Him, all the time, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. We can trust God to teach us, care for us, and give us the rest and resources we need to navigate anything, any change that is in our lives.
Just as adults need reassurance that God will care for them, so do our children. Times of change can provide great opportunities to have faith conversations with our children. They need to know that God is in control and that they can count on Him to provide for them even in, especially in big seasons of change. Let’s begin by showing our children that we can trust God with even the small details of our lives. In the third chapter of Proverbs, we find a good verse for our families to memorize for times like this:
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.