The Start of Something New (Wednesday)

by Grayson Wright

“I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.”

-Psalm 16:8 CEB

Change can be scary. Being at the dawn of a new season of life, whether starting a semester for the first time or for the final time, can almost feel like standing on the edge of a precipice. There are many unknowns and new experiences that can seem daunting. I know when I first came to the University, I was worried about the friends I would make, if the major I had picked would be what I really wanted to study, and how much my life was going to change in the coming months. It reminded me of the story of Daniel, as he was placed into the Babylonian Empire. This was a complete life change for Daniel, as he was exposed to a great deal of new cultures, ethical philosophies, and influences on his life. All this culture shock could cause someone to waver in their faith, like it did to me. But Daniel, on the other hand, stayed the course and held to God through the journey he had been placed on. Because of this faith, Daniel was able to do and experience great things that formed him into a great pillar of the Christian faith. We all have the same opportunity to grow and develop into the person we have been designed to become through the experiences that face us this year, knowing that we won’t be overwhelmed if we hold to a personal walk with God. Holding to this, and the relationships we make in a community that we can grow with, this new change can be looked on not as a precipice of uncertainty, but rather a new path to explore.