It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Well, it’s that time of year again. I’m pretty sure the majority of college students and parents are having an opposite reaction than the ones portrayed in my favorite school supply commercial. College students get to experience a world of freedom, while parents deal with empty nest syndrome and the anxiety brought on by abominable costs of college tuition.
One thing I love about back-to-school season is that it’s always accompanied by an invigorating feeling of starting over. Kind of like the feeling you get when you start a new journal or open up a new binder (Does anyone even use those anymore?). Untouched blank pages await you. I find that feeling so exhilarating because I haven’t done anything yet to screw up– which, let’s face it, I
often always do. The handwriting in my journal is consistently pristine for the first few pages, but then life happens. Turn the page and you’ll see the scribblings of a mad-woman. I remember the first few weeks of college being organized, both in my notebooks AND in my closets. Then exams and papers and projects and emails and meetings and you name it came spiraling in and suddenly pages were falling out of my notebook, clothes were piled high and a 10-inch wide pathway from the door to my bed had formed.
The inevitable mayhem that ensued with the start of every one of my college semesters isn’t necessarily everyone’s experience, but I do think most people can relate to the excitement of a new clean slate. One of my favorite verses of scripture is
Isaiah 43:18, 19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
That verse is pregnant with possibilities and gives me hope. The prophet Isaiah penned it in the Old Testament, and Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of that word.The Good News is that we are offered a new beginning through Jesus. We live in a world where sin has corrupted us and we lie wasting away, headed towards destruction hopelessly longing for perfection yet always missing the mark. The beauty of the Gospel is that God didn’t wipe out his creation and start over (like I often do with journals when they get too messy), but He entered His creation as one of us, yet flawless in all his ways and He beat our enemies of sin and death as a man. Who else do you know that conquered death? He’s the only One and because of that He offers us new life. He exchanges our sin for His righteousness, our dry wilderness for His springs of life, and our chaotic mess for His masterpiece. So as this academic year begins with its fresh-start feeling, let it be a reminder that Jesus gives us an ultimate newness that will never fade. And when college life begins to wreak havoc, run to the Savior who makes all things new.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new…'” Revelation 21:5