Fear Not: God's Advice for Change

The end of summer is always a mix of feelings: Excitement and malaise over the beginning of a new school year, the heat of the summer starting to give way to the cooler days of Autumn. Parents and students alike rewrite their schedules to adapt to after school activities, not having hooligan children hanging around all day, and summer jobs ending or changing into part-time after school/weekend jobs. These can bring about anxiety and worry from the amount of change that is going on. For myself, this season of transition means not only starting a new school year, but starting a new school. In a new city. With new people. New roads. New Weather. New culture. Insert anything you normally find as comfort or anchor to what you call home and it’ll be new. I even must find a new way to tell East from West as I’ll be without our beloved mountains.

With all this anxiety, it is hard not to fear. Yet one of the most repeated instructions given in God’s word is “Fear not.” Matthew 6: 25-34 tells us to “not worry about your life”, God will provide what is needed. Whether it is new friends in a new school year, peace of mind about your children entering a new school year, or comfort while moving to a brand, new city far from the region you’ve called home your whole life. God will provide what is needed, it may not be what you want, or think you want/need, but in the words of Rob Bell “God wastes nothing.” He will take this time of transition and bring out of it a new stage in your life in which you can thrive in the best way possible.

Sam Jacobs

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