I asked her if she was scared. “A little,” she replied with a shy grin. “Okay, maybe a lot.”
The truth comes out and I can see the trepidation in those beautiful green eyes. “What if I lose my binder?”
“You won’t. You have to take it with you to every class.”
“What if I forget where to go next?”
I smile and remind her that she won’t be alone … all the new sixth graders will be learning how to navigate that maze they call Middle School.
“That doesn’t really make me feel better,” her honest reply.
Have you ever been where my girl is? Knowing that others are facing difficulties or new experiences but also realizing that doesn’t make you feel any better? I know I have. This summer has been filled with change for our family … we’ve moved back to Alabama, Scott joined the staff at a new church, we’ve lived in two different houses (ugh!) in our new town, and – to be honest – it’s been hard. We’re certain we are where God wants us. But leaving all things familiar and safe and known has been challenging … and scary.
This morning, we did our best to give our girl the best start possible for a Monday that was going to be hard. Perhaps these are some simple ways you can face the hard times in your life.
1. Connect with people who love you.
We ate breakfast together and Daddy prayed for the girl’s first day at school. But most of all, we just laughed and made sure she knew we love her and believe in her. When Mondays are hard, when life is hard, be sure to spend time with people who love you.
2. Do the normal stuff, as best you can.
Get a shower, brush your teeth … Do the stuff you don’t really have to think about. On those days when your brain and your heart are filled with burden and care, it’s okay to work on autopilot for awhile. Plus, it’s ever so much easier to face life’s difficulties when you’ve had a good shower! 😉
Obviously, this is not the preferred way for the girl’s room to look. But this morning, we let it slide. Because sometimes life is messy and what we need is an extra hug or even to try on one more outfit … and the mess will still be there. Yes, she’ll have to pick up her room later today. This morning, though, it just didn’t matter. One of the hardest, but most important, lessons we can ever learn is to let the small things go.
I don’t know what you are facing today. I do know I have friends whose lives have brought enormous challenges over the past few months. Perhaps your Monday is looming large over you and the week ahead feels overwhelming already – may I offer you these precious words from our Lord?
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Today, will you rest in His peace? How do you face the difficult days?