School Supply Season

It’s the second week of August already!  My daughter has been haunting me since the end of July to go and buy school supplies.  School supplies!!!  Can you imagine?  In July!  It honestly sends shivers up my spine, but I told her it was a rainy day activity.  Sure enough, first hint of rain meant we had to hit Staples.

The entire shopping visit, my daughter kept asking me what was wrong.  Wrong?  Honestly, she had to ask me that!  I’m a teacher and the thought of going back to school in July was not my idea of a great time.  Don’t get me wrong, by the end of August, I will be more than ready to go back to school and start another season of my life, but I want to enjoy this beautiful time of year first.

How many of us get pushed or forced into a new season of our lives before we are ready—like me with the school supply shopping.  Maybe you lost a job, or didn’t get the promotion you’ve been working for.  Could it be that a relationship ended and you weren’t prepared for this?  Did you lose a love one, because that is never fun?!  We’ve all been there.  Facing disappointments that we never thought we’d be facing.

Whatever it is forcing you into another season in your life, try not to fight it.  I know that might seem extremely hard right now, but as time passes and you try to roll with the changes that you are facing, life will smooth out faster.  You have to realize that we can’t control everything in our lives.  The only thing we can control is how we deal with situations or circumstance that we are faced with.

I love routine!  The thought of changing my summer time schedule to my fall routine brings anxiety with just the thought of it.  I’ve been crazy busy this past summer traveling with sports, but  I will be even busier in another way once I get back to working full time and coaching yet still having to run with sports.  The thought of it makes me cringe.  Once I’m in that season, the time flies by and I love it, but when I’m out of it, the thought of getting back to it can be overwhelming.

Everyone goes through seasons in their lives.  Great seasons and some hard seasons.  I lived beside this wise old man at my first home who theorized that our lives change every seven years and as I age and look back at things in my life, and circumstance out of my control, I feel the old man may be onto something.

Acts 1:7 explains, “He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”  I guess, what I am trying to tell you is that we can’t control or understand why we go through the seasons in our lives that we go through.  I’m sorry that your relationship didn’t work out, or you lost your job or worse still, a loved one.  It’s devastating, but it is all part of God’s authority, and only he can help you understand why you have to go through these tough seasons.

If you make yourself weather the season, and go buy those dreaded school supplies, life may get easier.  You might feel a weight lifted.  We have to stop fighting the inevitable, the parts of our lives we can’t change, then our mind will be more at rest.  We might not like it, and just like my daughter could feel my uneasiness with being at Staples and see the hurt in my eyes, it is all part of life.

You can control how you feel and how you look at life.  That part you can understand and is of your authority.  Leave the rest in God’s hands and make the best out of the season you are in, even if you see the fall, and school starting soon.  That too will pass.