For the first time since beginning preschool, Annalyn is not excited to start the school year. Buying a new Frozen backpack helped a little, but she’s still not very pumped about the second grade. I think it’s because until back to school night, we won’t know who her teacher is or who her classmates are.
She adored her first-grade teacher and loved being in the same class as her kindergarten friend for a second year in a row. And the thought of losing both of those comfortable relationships in second grade has her worried.
We’ve had lots of conversations about it – about how she’s loved all her teachers and will probably love her new one, too; about how she might be in the same class as her favorite friends and there’s no sense worrying about it until she knows for sure; about how even if she’s separated from her friends, it will be okay (IT WILL BE OKAY!) and she might even make new friends. I even slipped in the fact that if she’s in a different class than some of her former classmates, that might even be a good thing. (Punk kid who picked on her AND taught her bad words? I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU.)
The truth is, though, that I understand her anxiety about the changes coming with a new year. I’ve been feeling a bit of that myself, as the release date of my book grows nearer. I feel like things are going to change in a big way next year – probably in a good way, but certainly in unknown ways. And while I’m as excited as a seven-year-old with a new Elsa and Anna bag, I’m also a little nervous, too.
This verse in Habakkuk is one of my very favorite and has been for the past decade. As my life has twisted and turned down a path that I never would have imagined, with changes and surprises around every bend, this verse has been an anchor. Yes, yes, I know the Lord has plans for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me. And those words are big and bold on my living room wall.
But this little verse in a little book of the Old Testament? Well, they’re not just comforting but also exciting. I’m going to be UTTERLY AMAZED at the work He’s going to do! Something I never would have imagined! And I don’t have to. All I have to do is sit back and look – look at the Master’s creation and be AMAZED.
When my friend Jennifer opened a new shop and invited me to shop for a new print, I chose this one in about 8.3 seconds. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one I wanted to frame for my home, the one I wanted to place somewhere I’ll see it every day and remember to be still and know He’s God – but also to wait with expectancy and excitement.
The fun news is that Jennifer is offering all of my readers a special discount to her new shop! So even if these words don’t float your boat, you are likely to find something at Studio JRU that does. The thing I love most about Jennifer’s art is the variety and the heart behind it. I love reading her posts at (in)courage and learning the story behind the art, and I love that no matter what mood I’m in or room I want to brighten, I can find something in her shop that fits the bill perfectly.
To find your own piece of encouragement or inspiration, visit StudioJRU.com. Jennifer is offering a 20% discount if you use the code newshop! (exclamation mark included). Happy shopping – and happy back to school!
What reassures you during seasons of change?
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