West Franklin Family,

May is a crazy month for anyone, especially the Pearson’s. There’s end of school year “stuff.” There’s the beginning of summer. There’s longer days. There’s Mother’s Day. For us, there is my wife’s birthday (13th), my mom’s birthday (17th), and Luke’s birthday (18th). It’s a lot. A lot of really good things. But a lot. Luke will turn 16 in four days. Of course, I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, there will be an extra driver in the family (yay!). On the other hand, there will be an extra driver in the family (help me, Jesus!). Know what I mean?

I really am okay with it. Really, I am. Except for one thing. There is one thing that is going to change that has me all messed up. Tuesday of this week will be the last time I take Luke to school. For the past 11+ years (counting preschool days), I have had the joy of taking Luke to school every morning. That is all about to change. He will take himself to school. Next year, he will take Seth to high school with him (did I really just type that?). When Luke is a senior, he will take all three to high school. The season of taking my kid(s) to school is drawing to a close.

To say I don’t like this is an understatement. But I also need to admit that since May 18th, 2005, I have known this day was coming. In a sense, I have been preparing him (and myself!) for this. Driving my children to school was for a season. That season is ending.

That’s life, isn’t it? Continuous seasons. I think it’s what the author of Ecclesiastes was getting at when the Spirit led him to give us wisdom. There are times and seasons for everything. And times and seasons always change. With this in mind, West Franklin, consider:

First, enjoy the season you’re in. It will not last forever. What you and I know of life right now will one day be no more. Driving the kids to school will stop one day. And I promise you – that day will come sooner than you could have ever imagined.

Second, pay attention to the season you’re in. You may or may not be able to enjoy the season right now. It may be hard, frustrating, and/or seemingly impossible. God is doing something. God is maneuvering in some way. Pay attention to it and embrace the season you’re in.

Third, recognize when a season is changing. Celebrate what was and move on. God, His Word, and your soul are the only things that last forever. Everything else happens in seasons. The next season you move into will require a renewed dependency on the Father. Recognize that. Embrace it. Let Him transform you.

Fourth, don’t fight the next season. Luke driving himself to school is life. It’s good. It’s healthy. It is what needs to happen. It’s not easy, but it is necessary for his growth. If I proceeded to take him to school until he went off to college . . . well, it wouldn’t be wise. Don’t fight it. Accept it and view it as the way things are.

Finally, move into the next season with anticipation and determination. Anticipation that God will continue to reveal Himself in majestic ways. Determination to join Him in what He calls you to next.

West Franklin, we are moving from a season of post-2020/Covid-19 into a vaccinated, summertime, post-pandemic, mask-less, who-are-we-going-to-be-now? season. Let’s enjoy this season. Let’s pay attention to it. Let’s recognize that our church is changing. Let’s not fight what God is doing. Let’s anticipate and determine toward what’s next.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go figure out what I will do with all the extra time I’ll have not sitting in car line.

I’ll see you tomorrow with my Bible open to Ruth 3.

Because He Always Goes With Us,

Pastor Matt

 

Random FYI and Opportunity: The annual Southern Baptist Convention is meeting in Nashville, June 15th and 16th, 2021. A dear friend of mine is heading up the major task of ensuring the Music City Center has plenty of greeters and ushers for the meeting. If you are interested in helping out, click here to watch a brief video and sign up to serve!