As the school year is under way, I have to be honest-- I felt myself feeling a little anxious about it. I know that it has been years since I have been in school, and have actually experienced the first day. Thinking back to my school years, I remember many great things like: field trips, good friends, great teachers, and my favorite subjects. I also remember things that happened that I was not fond of: not having my twin in my class, not being able to sleep in, history class, and people hurting others.
I remember two of my friends, “the Jennys”, who I so badly wanted to impress, making fun of me because my pants were too short. I had grown a lot that year, and had outgrown my jeans. I was devastated and although I shrugged it off like it didn’t matter, it really did affect me and stayed with me. Later in life, having been a school teacher for seven years, I found myself looking out for students and trying to do my best so that no one would be hurt like I had been.
Now my daughter, Ava, is in school, and I find myself fretting over what she may experience. I pray God’s continual protection over her and that God will guide her in her decision making. As much as I worry that she will experience what I had with “the Jennys” God has been reminding me of His truths. He has reminded me that I am not labeled “floodwaters” and that no one else probably even knows that story about me now. God has reminded me that He has created me. God has remained constant in my life, and He will always be constant. He is where I find my identity.
No matter what life holds, remember we find our identity in God. We are His, and He is ours. Isaiah 64:8 says—Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
God will be with Ava through this school year. He always will be with her. I know that I cannot protect her, but I will continue to pray for her and teach her who she is—a child of God.
My prayer for her and for your children is: Heavenly Father, I ask that you be with the children at school. I know that each day holds something different, and I pray that each day these children will know who they are in You, and not in the eyes of their peers. Please remind them that they are—Your chosen people, holy and dearly loved. And that they would clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Ephesians 3:1-13) I pray Lord that they will pick others up if they are feeling down, and that if they are feeling down that they will look to You; always remembering that they are Yours. I love you, Amen.