On Monday, August 29th, I drove my son to school for his first day of second grade. As we pulled into the parking lot, I said to him, “Cade, would you like me to walk you to your class?” His response, “No thanks Mom. Just drop me off.”
My heart sank. I have walked him to his classroom on the first day of school every other year thus far. I did as he asked and drove away with a heavy heart.
This was a new experience. Sometimes new is hard and good at the same time.
In talking with friends, this theme is everywhere!
- Kids are taking the bus for the first time.
- Moms have started new jobs.
- Others are first-time empty nesters.
- It’s the first year that all kids are in school all day.
- Some families have gone from homeschooling to public school, while others are the exact opposite.
Whatever your NEW experience is, it can cause all sorts of feelings to rise up. Whether your feelings are excitement or anxiety, one thing is for sure, we are all stepping into the unknown. Not one of us has been in this exact place before, that’s what makes it new.
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 reads…
Vs. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or tremble for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
Vs. 8 He goes ahead of you
What assurance God gives and what compassion He has expressed! I love these verses!
In this passage, we find the Israelites (God’s chosen people) getting ready to enter the land God had promised them many years before. However, their leader, Moses cannot go with them. (That’s another story, but well worth reading!) What a sea of emotions they must have been feeling. Excitement, because they have been looking forward to their own land for so long. Nervousness, because the person they have looked up to cannot lead them any further. Fear, because they don’t know what this new land will be like or the obstacles that may come.
All new seasons of life or new adventures bring to us the element of the unknown. It’s at the very beginning that we must decide to either TRUST God and step out in faith, OR not step out and miss out on whatever God has for us.
These verses are telling us to be strong and courageous, because we know and are trusting in God. We cannot trust in ourselves, but continually trust in the one who made us. This continual trust leads us to a deeper faith.
Think back to my example. For me to let my son walk himself into school, I am letting him spread his wings of independence and confidence. If I were to continue telling him, “No, Cade, you can’t do this alone, I need to walk you in,” Cade would not have the chance to grow. I have to let him go and let him grow so that the next day he is stronger than he was the day before. When I choose to let him go, I am trusting that God is watching over Cade. In this particular example, I am also sowing seeds that will help Cade be a better individual as an adult.
I love that we are given a reason to trust God. In verses 6 & 8 it says the Lord goes with us and before us! When we begin a new journey, God is right with us and has gone before us. He knows exactly what is coming, and He is ready.
If I am visiting a new city, I’m not going to ask the other new people for directions. I am going to talk to the person who has lived in this new place for a while!
Trust God in this new season. He has already been there. He knows how it is going to play out.
The last piece of verse 6 says God will not leave you or forsake you. So, not only does God walk with you into a new adventure and go before you, but He is also committed to remaining with you. We have an immovable and unchangeable God. He is not afraid. He does not need a break. He knows the very best choices you could make and He wants to lead you to those choices.
I’m choosing to trust God in my season of newness…Are you?