Tomorrow begins another semester.

Strange to think that it’s already been a year and a half since beginning this adventure called Bible college. I’m eager to see what the Lord has in store, but I also have reservations, because hey, it’s always difficult to start fresh. Granted, the roommate, friends, floor, and environment are the same, but there are big changes in the air. New classes, new trials, new news, the world turns and the beat goes on.

Starting can be scary or good, depending on who you are and where you’re at: starting a new marriage, starting chemotherapy, starting to move in, starting to forgive, starting to put away the old boxes of photos and move on, starting to walk in Christ, starting to have a stroke. Starting.

Part of Hebrews (class I’m taking this semester, which I’m pumped about)  12:1 states this: “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” An aspect of our lives as Christians involves keeping up in this race. This “race” has been marked out for us–God sees the path and has already positioned it out. We need to, by his grace, keep running, eyes glued to our Savior. Starting a new leg of the race is another aspect of this.

Beth the Elementary Ed. Major is off doing her student teaching, but she had a painted sign in her room last semester. It held a quote from Mary Poppins: “Well-begun is half done.” To begin well in a new season is always the hardest part–I liken it to getting out of bed when the sky is still dark and your room is cold. To me, approaching this next semester feels like standing on a hill overlooking an ocean, and it’s filled with all sorts of wonderful and exciting and traumatizing things. I have peace, though, which is strange, but not really, because Christ has me. Jesus has me right here, right now, and I pray that my desire more than anything else is to live for him, know him, love him, and walk as he did.

Jesus. May this starting season be all to you, for you, and by you.

By his light, I see the path before me. Thy Word is truth.