Finding my Janus Verse

Joshua 1:9

As the graduation party hopping draws to a close I started thinking about what went through my mind as I transitioned form high school to college. A cocktail of excitement, worry, and exhaustion just thinking about everything that lie ahead of me. Rugby, school, the ever terrifying meeting new people of my own generation, and finding a new community of faith in the Gem of the Plains, Laramie, Wyoming. This last prospect is what had given me the most worry. For 8 years of my life I had been a part of God’s Grace and it was a terrifying prospect finding something new in a small town. I needed a Christian replacement for Janus, Roman God of Transitions, most likely in the form of a Bible verse. Along the way as I was “internetting” as my best friend has come to coin the term, I googled “bible verses for transitions” and the first result fit perfectly.

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

He was COMMANDING me to be ok. How often do we get commanded to be ok where we actually believe it? Even as a child when being comforted by parents part of you still has this nagging feeling of dismay. When I read this verse there was no nagging feeling of fear or dismay but overwhelming, overpowering sense of strength and courage that I would be ok no matter what because God would be there to guide no matter what happens. As it turns out no established community of faith was really working out but I did not worry, I knew something would work out. I ended up establishing my own faith community from a combination of various people from different established groups.

As you approach your next transition look to this verse, look at it as a rock for courage to reassure that it may not be the initial plan you had formulated but it will work out, trust that the plan of God will work out.

Sam Jacobs


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