“It’s my first day” was an excuse I used for not knowing what I was doing for the first year of my last job! The excuse seemed to work indefinitely for Homer Simpson, but my ex-colleagues certainly clocked on quickly and the excuse didn’t wash with them much beyond my first week!
However, today is actually my real “first day” working for Freedom Church – so I feel like I should use the “it’s my first day” line at least a few times whilst I can! I feel both excited and nervous. I often feel this at the start of September. And I’m not alone. Lots of people in the Freedom Church community are starting new chapters this month, be that jobs, colleges, schools, universities, family changes or house moves. And for lots of people this September is a big unknown, where uncertainty about what the month, season or term will look like lingering.
In this anticipative and apprehensive state it is common place to look for advice and wisdom to calm the nerves. According to various online articles, to be successful in my new job I need to make sure I make friends with the receptionist (we don’t have one!), wear an expensive but understated suit (I don’t own one!), ask questions (but not too many) and work out which colleagues to avoid (certainly none of these!). So not particularly helpful advice.
Sometimes when we are stepping into something new or unknown it is good to reflect on wisdom and advice which is as old as time and as familiar as a friend – the ageless truth of the Bible. We look forward to “what’s next” whilst rooted in the certainty of “what’s gone before”.
This September, wherever or however God is moving you forwards, don’t forget to look back at the truth that God has lain before you. So here is some good, trustworthy, sound guidance for whatever situation you are facing right now:
In the bible, the author of Proverbs writes that you should “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
And the author of the Psalms seems to be giving themselves a pep talk when they write “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”.
And in Freedom Church at the moment we often sing these Bethel lyrics:
“God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed,
Give me vision to see things like You do.
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from,
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do.”
This September, wherever God is leading you and however life is changing, why not take some time out to let these ageless truths seep into your heart?