I was on my usual bike ride this morning, and typically it is the time where I listen to an audiobook or podcast. Nothing like chatting with Father in the cool of day. On the docket this morning, silence. I never quite understood what the phrase,”silence is golden,”meant, because I always found silence to be quite uncomfortable. However, it was me, Father, my bike, and the breeze flowing through the trees- that and college students heading to their first days of classes for the year. I heard Father say to me,” things are going to be different this year.” I responded,” how different are we talking?”
Before I knew it, I was turning onto main street. There, I prayed. First for the students- who are excited to go back to school, see friends, and be kids again. Then for parents- who are sending their children to school in full faith that they will be safe, for parents who have homeschooled for a number of years, or for those who are taking to the home school route for the first time this year. I prayed for the School staff, that they too can feel, know, and act as though they are secure in their health- that they may teach with urgency and receive each student they come into contact with. I prayed for the governing bodies of school districts- that they may receive sound instruction from Father God on how to approach this year, as well as using sound judgement when making decisions for our children- decisions not based off of fear and numbers, but out of shear protection over everyone involved.
I prayed over the Department of Education. That their decisions make a lasting impact on this generation of learners, and despite best efforts to keep our children free from exposure- in turn causes a deficit in their learning. I prayed that their decisions be for the students, and their need for community and hands-on learning.
Father ended up directing me towards another kind of different though. I allowed Him to take me down the rabbit hole to then come to a revelation. What is going to be different is not just how the school schedule and sports schedule will be different this year- no. There is going to have to be a decision to be made here- am I going to walk, talk, and act like the crowd? Am I going to continue being spoon-fed doom and gloom? Or am I going to be the light to a hurting classroom, hurting school, hurting world?
See, that is what I believe is going to be different. That those who have the Spirit of God living in them will be the difference makers. However, it will come with a cost. I prayed for you also, mighty warrior- that the,” peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
For Youth Group, things will be different also. Not just in terms of how it operates. But in the way that these teens are going to be challenged. Challenged to go against the grain, and being the light to their classmates and the rest of the world. What might that look like? To start, it looks like this with sound instruction from Papa,
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
How different are we talking? Very. Be strong. Be courageous. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.