So many of my friends are looking forward to the new school year after months of being stuck at home to varying degrees during the Covid lockdown of 2020. My family homeschools, so one school year does not look much different from another school year in our home. But we do enjoy the start of new subjects in new notebooks with new textbooks. There’s just something about a fresh, new start.
According to Scripture, God is all about fresh, new starts, too. God’s Word begins with Genesis 1:1, the greatest start of all:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (ESV),
and ends with this promise:
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, ,I am making all things new.’
Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:5, ESV).
How exciting is that?!
While fresh, new starts are exciting, they do take some planning.
To begin a new school year, there is back to school shopping, fresh haircuts and the revamping of the family schedule. Often, the change from a more relaxed summer to a very busy fall causes frustration and conflict, both internally in one’s heart and mind, and externally in one’s family and relationships. How can we guard ourselves from this and prepare adequately for a new beginning?
I believe that regardless of the season, the answer is the same: we need to keep our focus where it belongs…on Jesus. Like Peter, when we begin to look at our circumstances and question how we are going to make it, we flounder and fall (Matthew 14:28-33). But when we keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), we can walk on water…or at least manage our new schedule with all of its demands, gracefully and peacefully, truly enjoying a fresh, new start.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV)