Sitting in Waco Hall, back at my alma mater, I was able to watch our youngest face the challenge of school in front of her. Seeing her as she began to take in her new community, I thought, we each have our trials ahead of us.

My hard questions are pretty obvious: How the heck did this little girl become old enough to go away to college? And how the heck are we gonna pay for this?

She’s bound to be wondering who her friends will be and if she has what it takes to succeed here. All thru her school career she’s heard about college. I know she has more than enough capacity to handle it, but she’s looking at the mountain, wondering if she’s got what she needs to climb the hill.

As I face my struggles with this next stage, and she faces hers, I’ll share some simple advice. When facing life’s challenges, I’ve learned to do one thing.  Acknowledge.

“Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” – Psalm 100:3

I’ll tell her to acknowledge Him. He made you and you are His.

Since the time I sat where she sits and faced my fears about starting school, I’ve seen The LORD direct my path. He has protected me, provided for me, and held me together thru my hardest circumstances.

Celia and I have seen Him come thru again and again. We have learned to trust His love.

So, we acknowledge Him. He made us, and we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. As a shepherd looks after sheep, so The Lord has looked after us and so He will look after you.

When we face our days with excitement, apprehension or a mixture of both, we can turn to our Father. As we acknowledge Him, our perspective shifts.

We invite The LORD into our circumstances and we start to see our trials in light of His presence. We’re no longer facing this alone, but taking the next step with Him.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise.” – Psalm 100:4

Pondering some of things He’s done for me, for Celia, and for our children, I recall His faithfulness to our family. The LORD begins to speak to me, replacing worry with thankfulness, and then I experience His peace.

It seems simplistic, doesn’t it?

Yet, if we’ll acknowledge the LORD, He will speak to us, reminding us we are His, and of all He has done for us. As we turn to God as our Shepherd, tensions about our struggles fall into place.

So, let’s look to the heavens and acknowledge the One who spoke them to be. Yes, You are The Lord. We are Yours, the sheep of Your pasture.

let the children come

let the children come

divine work

divine work