Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Back to School

Ok, it's finally here. My last first day of school! For 21 (23 if you count preschool!) years I have had a "first day of school."

I don't know if you got jitters in your stomach on the first day, but I always did and still do. You'd think I'd be used to this by now, but it still makes me nervous. Do I have everything I need? Will the teachers be nice? Will my classmates be nice? Will I do well?

In times like this, Jesus' words always bring me comfort, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6:25-34)

The Apostle Paul's exhortation to "not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6) also eases my soul.

God's Word is beautiful!

1 comment:

Rev. Jeffrey Ries said...

Are you sure this will be your "last first day?" Many a seminarian have said thus, and many have fallen later in life into a doctoral program. :)