Back to School—How Do You Perceive It?

Man Running With TorchIt’s on— the Relay Race of Seasons! Summer prepares to tag Autumn. Summer struggles, ready to rest, while Autumn is fueled up raring to go. We humans run this race, too, dashing around the endless circle of seasons. Some of us are eager, some tired, and others just want the world to stop spinning. It’s that season when children are enthusiastic to start school and some are not, when mothers gladly send their kids off to a new school year and some want desperately to hold on. It’s a time of looking forward and of looking back—a time of transition.

After an Olympic race, Wilma Rudolph, said, “When I was going through my transition of being famous, I tried to ask God why was I here? What was my purpose? Surely, it wasn’t just to win three gold medals.” Like Wilma, when our life-seasons change we seek and question God: “Where are you taking me? Why are we going this way? What do you want me to do?” Our transitions tie directly to our emotions, and how we perceive them makes all the difference.

The apostle Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) In other words, think positive thoughts. But that’s not always easy. In dark life-seasons, we ask: “Where are there positive thoughts in ungodly things like sickness, death, conflict, or divorce?”

The answer lies in two familiar scriptures: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” and also “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. . .” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV and Romans 8:28 NCV) If a new season appears to hold only the darkest winter days, we have the option of changing that season from winter into spring. Thinking about hope and faith does that—when we hope for goodness and have faith in God, He opens our eyes to a bright future. When we hand Him our torch, He runs on ahead. When we turn our thoughts to God, He provides a positive transition from a dark season to a bright one. He helps us win the race!

Each new life-season is like God sending us back to school. Some lessons will be easy and others hard. But whether we learn is up to us. In God’s school, perception is everything . . . . 

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