Embracing Change and Finding Strength: Navigating August’s Waves of Transition, Faith, and Growth

August.

Back to school.

My birthday.

The end of summer.

A fresh start.

I always have a lot of feelings in August. Excitement, anxiety, joy, overwhelm. This year has been no different.

What is different this year? My son is entering his senior year. My roles and responsibilities at work are changing. My love for this Proverbs3three community is growing.

With that, I am learning in a very tangible way that apart from Christ I can do nothing.

I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

John 15:5, CSB

Those of you who are parents know what I am talking about. Raising a teenager and helping him make life choices, such as life after high school, is tough. True confession: sometimes I have to work hard to put aside my dreams and aspirations for him, and I have to trust that God’s plan is so much better than anything I could ask or imagine for him.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20, NLT

Sometimes that is hard to confess. As he gets older, I don’t feel prepared for the independence (though I know he can handle it). Even more, I must stop trusting my feelings and start trusting what I know is true. Our Creator loves him and knows him better than even me, his momma.

But change with my son isn’t the only change this August. I’m also experiencing some changes in my work. Often changes in the workplace can yield a feeling of uncertainty. Even good changes come with a level of uncertainty. Yet, I know the One who is constant, the One who never changes. He is the Alpha and the Omega.

“I am the LORD, and I do not change.”

Malachi 3:66b, NLT

Finally, as school starts, my heart breaks a little knowing that it will be hard to find time to write and pour into this community like I’ve been able to do this summer. I am committed to keep writing. My faith has grown as I’ve been able to be vulnerable with you. As I grapple with how to make time to keep this going, I know the Lord has a season for all things.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, NLT

So today in the hard, the uncertain, and the broken, I choose truth. I know the source of joy (Psalm 16:11). I trust the source of all authority (Matthew 28:18). I rest in the confident hope of Jesus (Romans 15:13). With all the feelings of August, today this is enough.

I pray you will find scripture to cling to as your source of joy, encouragement, and Truth.



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