It’s the first time in 16 years we haven’t registered our children for school.
Instead, we registered our youngest for college. He’ll begin his Freshman year next week.
(Gulp!) Wait, what??
This is our reality, and I’m still finding it hard to comprehend.
Another season of transition is upon our family.
Maybe you’re finding yourself in a similar place.
This time of year–when our kids go back to school–is always hard for me. Maybe I’m from a different mold, but I’ve always enjoyed having the kids home during the summer, and I’ve always dreaded their return to school in August. This year is no different.
But yet it is. This is college. And he’s our youngest. We’ve experienced this before with our oldest, but this is rocking my world.
The nest is almost empty.
Granted, our son is attending our local community college, and has chosen to live at home his first year. (He’s one smart lad.) But from experience with our oldest, it’s going to be different. Sleeping in his bed, and an occasional meal with Mom and Dad might be the extent of his presence here.
Times of transition can be challenging.
I realize I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Life is turned upside-down. What we’ve always known is shaken. A new “normal” is setting in. It’s uncomfortable and uneasy. Stomachs churn. Tears flow. Sleep disappears.
If this is you, my heart goes out to you. And believe me, I understand.
To those who are watching your baby climb the school bus steps with a backpack bigger than he is, or you’re moving your baby from her bedroom into her dorm room, and you know your heart is going to explode at any moment, friend, I’m with you. I’m right there with you.
I can share it’s going to be okay. I can tell you you’ll adjust to this new normal. I can try to convey some sort of words that might lessen the sting of your raw emotions, but sometimes what we need is to know is that someone else understands, and that we aren’t alone in this.
Friend, I understand, and you aren’t alone.
As trite as it may sound (or read), God understands even more. If you’ve read any of my writing, you know it’s God in whom I find my strength. He’s as much a part of my life as eating and sleep.
From what I know of studying God through His Word, He understands us better than anyone ever could. He created each one of us. He formed us. He knew us before we were born. He even knows the number of hairs on our head. He loves us. He’s with us. Always. And He’s not going to leave us.
God knows what we’re walking through. He knows the transition we’re in. He sees it all. And even better news: He’s walking with us through it, and He’s going to use it for good.
May we take comfort in this today.
The words Moses said to Joshua, we can also cling to,
“The Lord himself will go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you. So don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Don’t lose hope, my friend. Allow God to lead you through this season of transition. Look for the good He’ll bless you with as you trust Him.
And let’s walk through it together.
I’m lifting you in prayer today, and sending much love your way.