Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
There are certain points throughout each year that lend to reflection and for me the finality of a another school year is one of them. As a parent and also a recent graduate myself, I have spent a lot of time recently going over previous projects, whether they are my own creations or my kids’. There are literally piles of papers spread out on our table to sift through. There is artwork and math and writing and poster projects and we have spent many minutes together these past couple of weeks, talking about the stories behind several of them and what we learned or what will stick with us. A few we will bring out again later for reference or a good laugh, and so we hold on to those and file them away. Others we simply let go of.
Many times the finality of a season causes us to reflect spiritually as well. I have recently found myself traveling back through old journal entries I have written and flipping through highlighted verses on the pages of my Bible. Each turn of a page causes me to remember how God has been active in my life and the life of my family. The lessons learned, the experiences that transformed us, the struggles God brought us through, and the faith built and joy discovered in the process is brought to light in fresh ways. These pieces of life, each different and yet so intricately woven together as part of our story are tucked away in my heart now. Sometimes it feels like a tug-of-war. I hold on to them and yet at the same time realize that God calls us to let go and move forward into new growth and opportunity.
Maybe you too have closed a chapter in your life and are ready to start a new one. Or, maybe you aren’t ready yet and are waiting on God to show you where to head next. That’s okay too. But before we go forward even one more step let’s pause for a few minutes to reflect on the good things God has done. What has God spoken to you? Where have you experienced God in your life? Where have you grown and what have you learned? What is God saying to you now? Write them down and tuck them away in your heart, then be ready to grow and move forward into new opportunity as God leads.
Psalm 77:12 from The Message says it well: “Once again I’ll go over what God has done, lay it out on the table… I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts.”
Stepping Forward With You,