Youth and Parents,
As August looms just around the corner, we prepare to enter a new season of life. For some, this new season means a return to work or school. For others, it means the beginning of a new school year. For others, it means a new home and a new adventure. And for others, it means an empty nest. And I'm sure that list is just the beginning.
Transitions are somehow both exciting and hard.
I remember as a child being so excited to go school supply shopping because I loved the anticipation and joy of new pencils, notebooks, folders, and, of course, a new (blank) planner. I knew that those supplies would soon be used as I learned new things and embarked on new adventures. And that all important planner would soon be filled with assignments to complete, tests to take, and projects to get done.
And yet, as excited as I was, the start of a new year meant a new class, a new teacher, and, at times, even a new school. There would be times that I would look back and long for the familiarity and comfort of the year prior, afraid of what the year ahead might entail.
It's call these in-between times the messy middle, the space between. It's often a time when we know that what we once had will never be the same again, but where the new picture of what is to be is not yet completely clear.
The messy middle can be painful and hard, even when there is excitement and anticipation about what is still to come. The messy middle can feel lonesome and overwhelming. The messy middle might even like a never-ending wilderness.
But the messy middle is always only a season. And I pray that you will find God's grace and presence in this messy middle and as you enter into the new season ahead.
Blessings to you this week,