If my life were written out like a book, you could scan the list of chapters, and they’d have titles such as the following: “Carefree Childhood,” “College Years,” “Elementary School Teacher,” “Mom of Littles.”
Less than two weeks from now, a blank page in a new chapter will begin to be filled. After being a homeschooling mom for four years, we’ll have both daughters back in school full-time, a 7th grader and a 9th grader. Which means I’ll be back to having a certain amount of time each day that I’ll have to decide how to spend.
A new page in a new chapter can be intimidating, scary, and exciting all at once. Only God knows how that first paragraph will begin, how the sentences will unfold one after another, what the plot line will be, and how the chapter will end.
Perhaps you’re facing a new chapter in another way as this school year begins…a child starting school for the first time, one going off to college, homeschooling for the first time – or adding another child to your homeschooling routine – or perhaps your children are attending a new school or you face a different family situation.
Many years ago, I shared the verse below with family members during a time of change and I find it so appropriate now.
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Whatever “new” situation we’re facing, God has a plan for us. We can trust Him to “make a way” when we feel lost in our wilderness, and, when we’re overwhelmed, He will provide unexpected blessings in our desert.
Are you facing a new chapter in life?