Today we take a look at yet another day of importance in September, after looking at 9/11, Rosh Hashanah, and most recently International Day of Peace on Monday, as we are in the middle of the Global Week of Student Prayer which is centered around See You At The Pole which happens today. As we know, school and life looks much different this month than it did a year ago, with the global pandemic that we’re all being affected by. So while we can’t hold hands this year, we can still gather together and pray for our students, teachers, schools and education systems, because prayer is something that can be done by yourself, with a small group or with a larger group spread out across the nation.
This year’s theme is “return, restore, revive,” based on 2 Kings 23:25 “Josiah…turned in total and repentant obedience to God.” (MSG). It’s an interesting theme to choose for this year because so much of this year has led to an incredible need to restore and revive, in ways that go beyond the spiritual revival that’s going to remain necessary until Jesus comes back again.
I was reading a daily newsletter I subscribe to the other day and the lady was sharing about a dream/nightmare she had about being pants-less and some of her high school colleagues were in it. It amazes me how many of our dreams/nightmares return us to high school and those apparently formative years. Most of us aren’t having nightmares about being pants-less at work or having Christmas-and-Easter cousins/relatives showing up in our dreams, we’re having dreams about being pants-less in high school.
The question I got to thinking about as I thought about these two topics is what if we were able to make high school less of a scary or scarring place and more of a place where we were truly nurtured and had some of the best years of our lives? What if it truly did set us up for success mentally, educationally and physically (especially with so many people questioning college with all the changes we’re seeing this year)? What if it wasn’t something we had to heal from (and would pop up in a negative way throughout the rest of our lives)? What if it wasn’t something that God had to bring us through and restore us from, but instead we could build from?
I know, teenagers can be difficult and can cause a lot of pain in the lives of the people around them, but what if fewer young people had to become that defensive and offensive because we created a healthier high school experience for them? What if they were the ones to lead a return and restoration of the world to God because we prayed for and helped them find healing and purpose in life? What if instead of the “classic high school experience” we gave them an experience that was memorable and positively impacted their future regardless of what they chose to do going forward?
Of course those are thoughts and dreams, and for this year we can all just step up to pray that this year’s students will gain knowledge and experience that will benefit them in their future, and that God has more opportunities than ever to reveal Himself to them and help them become the person He created them to be.