The time had come. Six years of college essays, quizzes and exams were about to come to a close with one last final exam. I was surprised at the level of anxiety I experienced moments before I sat down to take that last test. You see, it wasn't about being scared of the exam, it was the realization that once the exam was over, it would mean the end of a season of my life that had become my new normal. I realized I did not know what was on the other side of that exam. As we usher in a new year, we might find ourselves in that same place. Familiarity in ministry, in relationships, in friendships, or a job helps us to be in a comfortable place. Just as we are settled in to the comfort of our routine, life may shake things up a bit and stretch us to a place that is far from comfortable - a relocation, a new job, health challenges or perhaps a calling to start a new ministry.
Whatever season you are facing, remember that we never walk alone. God's word reminds us that He is on the journey with us, guiding us as our Good Shepherd. Though we may not feel ready to step into a new or different place in life, we can feel confident in the One who watches over us and loves us. As we face the new beginnings of each and every day, we can trust in His strength to lead us.
I challenge you to spend some time sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus, asking Him for direction in this new year.