Back to School Blues


This year is one for the books.  Every back to school season is pretty tough but there are certain ones you will never forget.  If your kiddo is starting their senior year in high school, you know what I’m talking about.  If your son or daughter started college this year or is going back to college, you also know what I’m talking about.  You people have my respect.  I’m a novice by comparison.  That being said, our youngest started Kindergarten this year and our oldest started Middle School.  So our house is a little quieter…aside from a pretty hyper golden retriever /mutt.

Every season you go through with your kids will cause you to ponder a little bit.  If you are like me, God help you if you are, you are looking at the big picture.  Unfortunately, that’s how my mind works.  I can’t help but think about how long it will be before Savannah is going into high school, driving, spending more time with her friends than us and applying for college.  Then I start thinking about how Kaiden is not far behind her in all of those things and we are in a place in life where we don’t have toddlers or babies in our house.  Then I remember how I used to think that people in this stage of life were so…old.  I know…wah, waaaaaaaah!!!  What a total bummer.  If I’m not careful, I’ll let my mind wander to places that drag me down and completely miss out on the opportunities that I have in front of me.  Opportunities to still be an influence in our kids lives opportunities to grow in our dependence on God.

After I have my little pity party, my mind switches back to the big picture again which is this: God has something in store for you in this season of life.  That is true if your kid is in college, in high school, middle school, elementary school or is starting a new job.  Its true if you are waaaaay past the kid stage and you rarely hear from or see your kids.  God has a plan for you in this season of life.  How will you embrace it, chase it or will you simply erase it??  Dr. Seuss would be proud.  Seriously, God isn’t done with you yet nor will He be until you go to be in His presence.  Spend some time in prayer this week asking God to reveal at least the next step in this process to you.  I heard a phrase a few years ago that has stuck with me.  I think it was Anne Graham Lotz that said it. “Walk in the light that you have.” You will never know His plan completely but you will know parts of His plan.  Be obedient to the parts that you know.  Peace out.

“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11



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