September is more often than not a time of fresh starts, new beginnings, and new promises what with new School, new jobs, uni, etc often starting. If you’re anything like me you love to go into September feeling renewed and refreshed.
But September can also be a pretty daunting time, change isn’t always easy, and sometimes it can feel like you’ve got another whole, scary year ahead of you, with so much to do!
I am saddened with how much anxiety rocks our culture at the moment, and as a teacher I see that first hand. Yet as Christians it’s incredibly freeing to know that we have a God who holds our plans, our future, and everything we are.
I often find it reassuring to remember Jesus as the Prince of Peace, one of the names he’s known as in the bible. Yet, when you think about many aspects of Jesus life, they don’t sound overly peaceful, when he was beaten, crucified, or as he was engulfed by crowds around him. Yes, he took the time on many occasions to retreat to a peaceful place, but even in the moments of chaos, he was still the prince of peace.
As we think upon the situations in life, which can be chaotic, anxious, and tough let’s never, forget that the prince of peace goes with us, before and behind us.
I’d love to finish with a link to a song from Pat Barrett’s latest album called ‘Into faith I go’, the rawness and honesty of these lyrics have really ministered to me over the past few weeks.
I’ve never been good at change
If I’m honest it’s always scared me
But I can’t deny this stirring deep inside me
And I know it’s time to stop resisting
‘Cause I’m not getting any younger
Fear is such a sad way to live a life
So, face to the wind, I’m jumping out, I’m walking in
Every single thing You want to show me
To the ups and downs
The highs and lows
The taking in The letting go
To tears and laughter The great unknown
To the open journey
Into faith I go
Nobody said this would be easy
Anyone who did never went through anything painful
But faith is not some fragile thing that shatters when we walk through something hard
So, we walk on Whatever may come
Running like a child in an open field
Stepping off the edge, I
’m facing all my fears
If this is what it feels like to be born again I’ll be born again
So, when I feel like giving up
When I feel like throwing it all away I look back over my shoulder
And I can see Your goodness every single step that I have taken
And it beats like a drum
And it rings like a bell
And it sings like a choir
And it’s leading me on my way
Oh, You lead me on my way