Coffee Talk: Back to School Expectations

 

Ahh, it’s that time again…Long lines at Walmart, freshly pressed curls at the hair salon (for my African American Sistas), new clothes, white sneakers, and who can forget the spiral notebooks (do they still use those?), golden yellow pencils with pink erasers (I know they don’t use those), and Crayola markers, highlighters, and colored pencils for doodling and passing notes in class (which I never did ;-)).  I loved going back to school.  I loved the thought of learning something new, moving up to the next grade level, and of course, reuniting with friends.  Before we know it, fall winds will be upon us, and crisp golden and auburn leaves will grace the ground.

The change in the academic year and the seasons always marked the start of something new.  Although I am not going back to grade school and my daughter is not at a point where an academic schedule matters to her, I do feel a sense of newness transpiring in my life.  I will be starting seminary in a few short weeks.  I received all of my syllabi for this semester, and let’s just say, the reality of diving into the academic world again is a little overwhelming.  I’m still somewhat traumatized from the last time I worked towards an academic degree.  Can you believe that I already have homework?

Of course, all if this is purely my emotions talking.  It’s probably the result of a huge transition in a short period of time, long “To Do” lists, and taking care of a multitude of family issues.  In a few short weeks, I fully expect the excitement of this new journey to return and warm me again through and through.  I fully expect to grow deeper in my understanding of and love for God.  I fully expect to cherish all of the wonderful new relationships and opportunities that he has brought into my life.  I fully expect to surrender all…to be still…and have rest.  In the meantime, I am taking one day at a time with my sweet Jesus.  I cannot begin to fathom what the future with him will be like, but I am looking forward to and trusting him along the way.

“I have seen the burden God has laid on men.  He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3: 10-11, New International Version

What are you expecting in this new season of life with God?

4 thoughts on “Coffee Talk: Back to School Expectations

  1. Well, not changing seasons and auburn leaves here in Florida. But I always love how fall–and January–are times to rethink and ask God what He is saying to me. And where He might take me next. He is always full of surprises.

  2. Hi Natasha:

    Are you moving to attend seminary? I sympathize with you, as I had the same overwhelmed feelings when I started last year. Even the size of my two systematic theology books makes me a little crazy.

    On the flip side, all of this makes us dependent on the One who gives us breath, sustenance, and abundant life. I’m so grateful to be able to journey with you on your blog.

    1. Suzanne,

      We actually moved for my husband’s job, which brought me closer to seminary campus. I still can’t see my floors in several places…get frustrated trying to find white out. Loading a few bookcases and enstalling a few shelves. Hope to have this place cleaned up by the end of the month.

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